When I was in college, I heard John Logan read "Poem, Slow to Come, on the Death of Cummings," an elegy that recounts Logan's grief over the death of his mentor, E. E. Cummings. In the poem, in verses of great musicality, Logan works through his sadness by remembering moments he shared with Cummings, by celebrating his mentor's profound influence as an artist and teacher.
It is a question posed daily by students to teachers across the country. Sometimes, the answer can seem a bit esoteric: "Yes, Johnny, you will need calculus in the real world." But providing an answer to pupils in today's civics classrooms should be far easier and direct since these kids are literally witnessing one of the most combative and contested presidential elections in history.
Writing, like life, is about revision. This is one of the examples of how education has failed us. It is also why I've emphasized how damaging apathy and blame culture can be - societal cancers. We have to learn to remake ourselves, our institutions, our communities, our thoughts and hearts. Revise. Reexamine. Dive in and revise again.