Self-development, individuation and authenticity.
I once was in a meeting with a primary school principal and he said of three year-three Aboriginal school girls that they were lost causes and my son should steer clear of them. Unreachable by year three. That’s a harsh statement.
I’ve never been a teacher but I assume it would be easy to become jaded and cynical and start to see certain groups of kids or individual students as lost causes. But it’s important to remember that they might not have any positive role models outside of school, and you never know what small acts can do to a kid on their journey to adulthood. What direction does your presence push them towards, and how are you helping in the creation of their self-image. One word may make all the difference or even enough that you’re providing a perspective to lean on now, or at a later date.
Those who fit themselves within the parameters of the system’s culture, and don’t look for what’s right, but what it is that will help them advance; are often rewarded for it. And those who are contrarian, who speak of the errors and misgivings of the culture are often ignored and even punished.
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