Here’s what I never learned in my education courses: I never saw videos of teachers holding their ground against a student’s – or worse, a parent’s – abrasive, abusive comments. I never saw a principal quietly pull out a box off tissues when a teacher broke down in tears from pressure. I never knew the indescribably immense necessity of supportive coworkers. I have learned an infinite amount more about how to effectively interact with students from watching the brilliant people I work with than I learned from thousands of textbook pages.
The young minds of the world are going to someday be the future minds of the world. We need to allow them to grow and to try whatever they desire, so they can narrow down and pursue a career. We need to allow them to succeed and even to fail.