You know what, I’m angry.
I work as a private tutor to support myself through my studies, mostly with high school students, and I’ve been noticing a trend in recently that came to head after my sessions last night.
I am sick of seeing students whose teachers have written them off. I am sick of seeing these students write themselves off as a result.
There is nothing harder to undo than a student’s belief in their own inadequacy. There is nothing harder to do than convince someone of a potential that others have denied for years at a time. You know what? You tell a kid they can’t do something long enough, they believe it; and once they believe it, they stop trying.
Yeah, there’s the odd kid who really doesn’t want to learn, but in six years of coaching between 10-20 kids a year, I could probably count those students on one hand. If that.
Maybe I’ve been lucky. I certainly feel like I have. With the few kids I’ve had years to work with I’ve got to see them rise from failing grades to sold Bs, even the odd A. Last night I got to see a girl who two years ago thought she was just a dumb blonde tell me she’d not only graduated from the remedial class but is dominating her new class.
But last night I also had a girl who had been crushed. Who had finally begun to feel enthusiasm for her subject, who had finally let herself try. And she got slammed down, by a teacher who hadn’t even bothered to read what she had written, hadn’t even asked what her argument was before rewriting it. She had already decided this girl was a failure and she made sure she felt like it.
So I’m angry. I’m angry because I have to rebuild this girl’s confidence in herself, and that makes me angry, not because of the effort that it requires on my part, but because it means that someone had to break her in the first place. And that should never happen.
Anonymous said: Be my daddy?
*changes your bed time to 7 and sleeps with your mom*
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