Today I do not believe in the inevitable. As a teacher, I can not afford to believe that a child’s future course is set in concrete.
I will use a sledgehammer on those labels we give our students. I will drown out those shouting “Failure!” with a soft look, a welcoming smile, an encouraging glance, a handshake or a hug, a laugh or a tear.
I will be tough when I need to and not let them take the easy way out. The world will be tougher than I am.
I will show them that people are smart in different ways and that the secret talent they have is already in them waiting to be unleashed on the world.
I will stock up on caffeine and patience every day and I will not give up.
I will never give up. I do not believe in the inevitable.