‘To Save a Few’

Educating the Young: The Struggle Is Real!

A sample from Book 4

  To Save a Few
students we teach
―just want to guide them
set them assail
so they’ll flourish
never fail
but like a wooded trail
their path is blocked
their doors are closed
their heads are hard as rock
giving up...too lame
they’re from a flock of
I don’t give a damns
coming to a world of
I don’t understands
to help them is a curse
to ignore them...worst
you think you get in—
only an hour
they’re in your den
then they’re set loose
they’re heads’ in a noose 
if we could see
above their anger
wipe away all the danger 
if only to save a few
to wake up again
to the morning dew

(2003/05)—[‘To Save a Few’ was written in 2002.] A teacher also sees life in a different way. It’s not about me and someone else. It’s about me and the whole world. It’s a scary thought—the responsibility one has as a teacher. Then to think about the lack of respect they get. That lack of control they have.

The superiors would say that it’s how a teacher handles his or her classroom that determines what kind of class they will have. I must be lame because I don’t believe this for a minute. In my eyes, the child has no rights when it comes to bad behavior on someone else’s territory. Besides, the teacher has enough to do then to worry about behavioral problems.

When the students go home at 2:30—3:00, the teacher continues working many days until midnight. Then their work becomes useless when it doesn’t get through because a student decides to have a bad day. It’s like the domino affect—all it takes is one student to cut up. It becomes harder when the parents and the system are not there to back you up. In my eyes, most of the time a teacher’s work is in vain and the good students suffer.

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