May 6

To my student

tough times

I had a tough day at school. Like many others, like many of my colleagues around the school, around the world. I wrote a letter to the four kids with whom I’ve struggled with for over a year now. It was more a catharsis for me than any serious attempt to change some very set patterns. The more I wrote, the more I felt the need to cut the words. At the end – these lines emerged:

I am at your service

I am a gift to you society has paid for

(but I am not a thing and I am not yours)

I don’t ask for or need you to like me

(I have other people to do that)

I care more about the person you become than the grade you achieve

I know things you don’t and I’m happy to share them with you

 

I also know that nobody wants to be trashed, abused and ignored

You don’t

I don’t

Your teacher

Image via lifehack.org

Tags:
Copyright © 2018. All rights reserved.

Posted 06/05/2016 by Tomaz Lasic in category Teaching

About the Author

Father, friend, teacher, (un)helpfully tall, fascinated by and bad at many things. I try to give a damn. Views expressed here are mine, not that of my employers. I tweet @lasic

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*