Lesson

I don’t teach angels and I don’t teach saints. I don’t teach monsters or demons either. I teach people. They are sometimes beautiful and sometimes ugly. They often follow their own agency but are also often swept away by factors beyond their control. Sometimes this is the same person.

They break my frames.

They aren’t my past self or my past self’s friends or my past self’s bullies. They are not me.

They are not my cause. They are not what I believe they are or what they should be. They are not what the research says they are or what I want the research to say that they are. They are not the tool to prove my worth or my worthiness.

The way that I view them does not make me a better or worse person because that view is not them. They are not my romanticism or my cynicism. They make me neither hero or villain.

They are not the future and they are not the problem. They represent nothing but themselves.

And that is enough.

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One comment

  1. disneyatemydaughter

    I was moved by your respect for your students’ individuality. I resigned from teaching recently, because compulsory constant assessment and institutionalised obsession with graphs did not allow me to respond to the interests or abilities of individuals. And reduced my subject to meaningless extracts and bullet points. Now my daughter is going through the mill.

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