Teachers: Will You Be Remembered as a Hero or a Villain in Your Students' Life

Monday, January 28, 2019

Written By: Felecia Causey
Photography By: Felecia Causey

I'm one of the parents who believe that teachers, play an important role in children's lives. As a supporter of teachers, I do believe they are underpaid, considering the task they have at hand. As most teachers who have this job, he/she loves what they do and the kids. As I believe most jobs as this one, you should have compassion, empathy, and love for people.  Unfortunately, all teachers don't share the joy of being an educator.

As an adult today, I still remember the teachers that were judgmental, miserable, and hated their job. I also remember the ones that influenced my life.

Every child doesn't have what many considers a normal family. Would you use your influence to treat a child differently because of their background, the color of their skin, or because they require a little more help than their other classmates?

Will you show your students that favoritism outweighs talent?

As a music teacher, will you select a child for a part of the play because they work hard and deserve it or give it to the student because of the color of their skin?  As an art teacher would you give the best students no ribbons, because you rewarded your associate's child?

Will you not take the time out to help a child with a speech delay or learning disability, because you have already determined that the child will not amount to anything?  The students in your class who may learn slower than his/her other classmates may just be the next scientist.  The teen girl who mother you don't like, may be the next judge or the young man you constantly beat down, may be the next police officer.

If you are a teacher, the next time you are having a bad day, show favoritism, or speak negatively into a student's life, I hope you will remember how your action can influence that child.

The extra miles you take or the positive words you speak,  may just be that thing that encourages them to go after their goals and be the best they can be.

After all your years of serving as a teacher, do you want to be remembered as a hero or a villain in your students' lives?

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