Today, I feel a little sad.
I try to keep this blog mostly upbeat, and the truth is, I am mostly happy. But today I had a hard time with a writing class I teach, and it made me feel helpless and sad.
My students go to a school in an impoverished area. Most of them don’t speak English as their first language. They have amazing teachers who are working SO HARD to provide these kids not only a great education, but guidance, and even extra meals. It’s a huge job, and they work tirelessly at making the most of it.
But some of these kids (too may of them) clearly come from homes with no boundaries. They are exposed to things WAY above their maturity levels, things that are wildly inappropriate, and it shows. And what is even worse, is you can tell that the kids who come from homes where the parents are working hard to make a difference, to provide a decent home and education for their kids, are being heavily influenced by the other kids.
I wish I was wiser and knew a way to reach all of them and make a difference, but I am not there enough, and even if I was, I am not sure I could do anything. If someone with more wisdom than me knows a way to reach down and make an impact, I am all ears. Today I just want to cry at so much wasted potential. These kids are smart, creative, and talented, but they just don’t believe it. :*(