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DUFRESNE | Slogging Collectively: The Antidote to World-Weariness

I’ve been educating human rights legislation and coverage to school college students for about 16 years: 10 years at Yale, 4 years at numerous universities in Switzerland and two years at Cornell.  One thing occurred to school college students between 2016, once I left the U.S., and 2022, once I returned. This one thing is a world-weariness: a baseline degree of pessimism and despondency. 

2015, the 12 months earlier than I left, was the 12 months that two-year-old Alan Kurdi drowned within the Mediterranean. Michael Brown and Tamir Rice had been killed by the police the 12 months earlier than. In December 2012, the bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary College passed off, lower than one hour away from our classroom. I do not forget that day in Connecticut: Individuals on the streets and within the state Capitol walked round in silence.

But regardless of these, and lots of different, tragedies, my school college students remained stuffed with optimism. They wrote inventive, visionary coverage proposals. They appeared to take as a on condition that our society was transferring towards a brighter future and that they might assist propel us there.