Oh wow! There is so much hope for our future.
As a high school English teacher at Delta High, I see the good, the bad, and the ugly in our children's lives and the future of our country.
I also see the hope and daily am reassured that our future has the potential of polishing away the tarnish of the past several years. Then, there are those moments when the brightness of our future nearly blinds me with tears of pride and happiness.
One of my senior English students was failing my class, having decided to skip a very large assignment. He failed a test in another class, dropping his grade to another F. He was talking about dropping out of school. Two of his classmates, both girls, decided they could not, would not, let him fail or drop out. He was their classmate and had been for years. He had to graduate with their class.
The girls came to me with a proposition. If they bribed him with food and forced him to do his work, would I let them bring him breakfast and work to get his missing assignment completed. I agreed. Three days later, the three of them came to me with his assignment triumphantly in hand.
They have studied together to get up his other grades. There is new enthusiasm when he talks. He has decided he can "do it" and will graduate with his class. His two classmates will keep watch to see that it happens.
It is moments like this that reaffirm my knowledge that I have the greatest job in the world. I get to see students during some of the toughest years of their lives as they approach adulthood with growing confidence and the qualities that make being a part of this world today, even with all its blemishes, something to be proud of.
Language Arts Teacher
Delta High School