I am today remembering the 14 women murdered and the 10 women and four men wounded 22 years ago at the École Polytechnique , an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal.
That was the day that I learned – and knew that I truly understood from the cold nauseating terror that shook me from the soles of my feet to the roots of my hair – that I am in harm’s way only because of my gender; that who I am as a human being, makes no-never-mind to the misogynists of the world.
Sometimes lifelong learning teaches us hard lessons. Lessons that are impossible to swallow – that threaten to swallow us up. We need to make sure kids have the resilience and optimism to absorb and rebound from such lessons. We cannot protect our students from the harsh truths and horrors in the world but perhaps we can prepare them to deal with some of it.