A Call To Teach

They set up classrooms in malls, call them “alternative”, cater to those who have fallen through proverbial cracks, teens unfit for institutional learning… I was wayward once, could not value education while teenage angst pushed me overboard – home life too quixotic for reasonable expectations of comportment … My heart reaches out to those displaced, […]

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Educational Lapse

Confess, I am a proponent of life as education, and would love to expand on the lesson at hand, but haven’t made the morning class yet as consciousness and I have no early rising agreement, and higher learning involves climbing, and staircases are out at the moment so even if the term is in progress, […]

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Eccentricity Counts

Professors may make strange bedfellows, but originality does engage young minds; ideology while exciting, repels intuition; and doing well is not about belonging, it is acknowledgment and reward received. Listen to me, I am lost, begging for do-overs. Superiority is a goal for some, while I retreat into leisure, begin losing awareness, am an odd […]

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Always a Teacher

Set me on the open road, encourage me to cross borders; I am hungry for knowledge, to hear a higher calling. Cannot tolerate chained-to- chairs education, imposed immobility, socratic hierarchy demanding conformity spoon-fed compliance – am too much my father’s daughter, born rebellious unable to mold myself to prescribed slots would rather initiate discussion, engage, […]

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Learning Disabled

Really want to be gainfully engaged, embrace learning but disability is in charge, like an uneducated thug, skulking behind my back, sneering at my attempts to demonstrate capability. I am slow processing, easily distracted, socially driven, control slipping, botching efforts to show potential, suspect that disability, the hard-headed tough guy that he is, revels in […]

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Residential Horrors

This place is both school and residence, where I have come to live and work – ‘Live’ is a stretch – these old walls hold secrets, tension dissuading recreation. The work is meant to be education, but survival seems to be what we are learning, the students and I, shivering in the isolation of this […]

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For My Teacher Friends

Reward none, if you can’t reward all, critics say, education should be fair. Encourage positive behaviour only, acknowledge accomplishments period. Treat all children the same, equally; it is unfair to let only a few shine. Resources are limited, make do. Why aren’t you giving more of yourself? The attacks are personal, guilt real. Teachers need […]

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Disability’s Rant

It’s not that I’m not open to new perspectives – I am aware of daylight beyond these walls – conscious that mine is not the only viewpoint. It’s just that the inflexibility of this existence is unrelenting, and I have come to see opposing arguments in the bleak morbidity of aging – am having doubts […]

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Chasing Success

“With your mathematical aptitude, you should consider a career in accounting.” My guidance counselor has called me in for an interview concerning my post-secondary plans. You should be the Treasurer for a large corporation, I hear my father echoing. “I am not interested in math.”  Blunt. The counselor leans back in his chair, drops his […]

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