Posted in Education, Family, Social Media, Teenagers

13 Reasons Why: Adults Need to Talk About it.

13 reasons why

I plan to write an exploratory blog a post on why parents and teachers should watch 13 Reasons Why and talk about it with their teenage viewers. Most kids are binging it and having their own conversations. I think adult input is beneficial. If you watched this series, please share your input as an adult viewer and why you think it can help generate a conversation about the issues depicted: suicide, bullying, underage drinking, rape, violence, dishonesty, neglectful parenting, bystander (blind-eye) teaching, premarital sex, homosexuality, depression, social media, and more.

If you aren’t aware, this is a Netflix series based on the book of the same title. The Protagonist, Hannah makes cassette tapes to be distributed to those who she felt influenced her suicide. There is a lot of hurt, pain, blame, and shame revealed. I do NOT agree with how Hannah handled/mishandled her issues, but I think it merits a mature conversation that could help other distressed adolescents.

SPOILER ALERT — When you comment, act as if all readers of the post have viewed the show. If you have not, you may want to refrain from reading comments until you finished the series.  I recommend watching the 30-minute documentary following it on Netflix: 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons.

Comments — I hope to generate a good, adult conversation. Anything you add can find it’s way in my next blog, unless you state otherwise.

Posted in America, Education

Veterans Day


Dear Readers,

In observance of Veterans Day, 2016, I’d like to thank you and your loved ones who have served this magnificent country of ours.  

My father, Frank Snyder, God rest his soul, was in the army during the tail end of the Korean War. He was stationed in England as a PFC who drove a half track.  His eight older brothers also served in various branches of the military.  The Snyder boys were patriotic brothers.  

Soldiers of all branches and eras, whether serving during war or peace, deserve this collective American tribute.  Our veterans have made both great and small sacrifices and achievements across the oceans and within our nation.  

I’m a high school English teacher in a rural area in northwestern Pennsylvania.  On certain occasions our staff and student body encourage each other to wear symbolic ribbons and bracelets, spirit wear, or specific colors to support a charity, cause, organization, or team.  These simple gestures build unity, awareness, and hope, pertinent qualities that we always need, especially now.  

Today, it was refreshing to see so many fellow faculty members and students donning their red, white, and blue to honor our American Veterans.  After the Pledge of Allegiance, which is still a vital way to begin an American school day, we stood for a moment of silence to reflect, give thanks, and keep memories eternal.  

The biggest thing I can personally do to improve our country and its government is to educate our future. I am responsible to help create productive citizens of our local community and country as a whole. Beyond our subject matter, teachers have a duty to continue to teach values like tolerance, honesty, acceptance, gratitude, perseverance, and community.   

Education, peace, love, and hard work leads to liberty.  There is no patriotic piggy bank great enough to pay for the freedom we gained and still have as Americans, but when we start to abuse those freedoms we put our country in debt.  

After a long presidential campaign and recent days and nights of anti-patriotic bashing, we need to rebuild Team America!  I know we can.  Our team mascot is still the eagle, not a donkey nor an elephant.  Our veterans did and do still support that eagle that flies for our flag, our democracy.  We civilians need to also soar and unify.  God bless us, Everyone!  vets-day