Saturday, March 10, 2012

Stop sugar coating

“Life, I've learned, is never fair. If they teach anything in schools, that should be it.”-Nicholas Sparks

Okay, so I'm obsessed with quotes like...spending hours browsing through page after page of quotes, obsessed. While looking on one of my favorite websites, GoodReads, I came across this quote from Nicholas Sparks. I'm not a huge fan of his books, however, I've seemed to pick out a few great quotes from some of his work. This one stuck out to me. In today's society I can't believe how much fluff and cushioning some kids receive in their lives. My parents as well as my teachers hardly sugarcoated anything and I'm so thankful for that. They let me know that life wasn't going to be easy, but for that reason I have been able to handle everything that I have been faced with in my short lifetime. Yet so many kids these days are so sheltered and ignorant to some parts of reality. In high school, I had to work and I mean work hard to get an A in one of my classes. So much so that my freshman year of college was a whole lot easier than my years in high school. I am so thankful to have been so well prepared for my future. One of my concerns with teaching is that I'll be placed in a school, while it may be great, where I am surrounded by snobby students who come from rich families or who never been faced with real struggle. While I'd like to believe every family has their own problems, I have encountered some individuals who truly feel they are perfect and the whole world revolves around them. In my opinion, a lot of this mentality stems from the home lives of those students though I feel teachers can often give into it, as well. The classroom is a place where not only lessons in a particular subject are gained, but where individuals are molded and values in which they will take for the rest of their lives are instilled. As a teacher, I'm not going to make everything easy for my students. I am going to make them work so they can see just how far they can go and how much they can achieve so when they are faced with a hard time, not necessarily educationally based, they can persevere and get through it.

1 comment:

  1. My favorite type of quote to look up is usually the hilarious kind, for instance, "it is foolish to honestly believe you can solve any of life's major problems simply with potatoes" -Douglas Adams (he's my favorite author haha)