Don’t Pay Attention To The Losers Around You – Rise Above Them
Editorial by Robert
If you ask my former students to give their opinion on
what kind of teacher I was, I am sure you will get some
interesting answers. As a matter of fact, some of them even
expressed their opinions to my face – a move that often
resulted in disciplinary action such as detentions and
suspensions. However, for the most part, I like to think that
I made a positive difference in the life of most of the
children who came in contact with me during my 28 year career.
One thing that I hope to be remembered for is that I
always took special care to make sure my classroom was a
“safe” environment for all learners – regardless of
their intellectual, emotional or physical abilities.
As a “classroom manager” I absolutely despised any
kind of action that was intended to embarrass, ridicule or
bully another student. I demanded that every single person in
my classroom be treated with respect and be “free” to
express their ideas and opinions without fear of being laughed
at if they made a mistake. I was proud of the fact that my
classroom was a place where children were free to try their
best and make mistakes without fear of ridicule. It was also a
place where children who didn’t accept that principle lived
in fear of discipline every single day.
I learned early in my career that children can be cruel
to each other. I also was witness to the fact that many
children find out very early in life that it is much easier to
fail than to be successful; and that they often gained more
notoriety and recognition as failures and discipline problems
than those children who were constantly working hard to
develop their talents and skills. In my classroom, I
constantly encouraged the “failures” to step away from
their “bondage” – to step away from the hold that their
“loser friends” had on them and to attempt to change in a
positive way. However, for many, the subtle strategies
employed by the “group” often brought them back into the
fold and they once again became problem children in order to
fit in with the crowd.
As a classroom teacher I saw too many bright young boys
and girls simply stop trying in order to avoid the criticism
and ridicule of the “group”. I saw too many children who
were so afraid of being called “geeks” that they simply
sat back and put in their time during school, waiting for the
opportunity to get away from the “failures and bullies”
that were holding them back.
And so, as I look back on my teaching career, and as I
now see some of my former students walking around town with
their own children, I hope that among other things, they
remember my class as being a safe environment for learning; a
place where they felt free to try their best without ridicule
and criticism. I hope that I taught them to prevail over the
failures and losers they will meet in their life who are
committed to spending their time lowering the standards of
everyone around them. I hope that they learned to “rise
above those who would try to tear you down” and feel the
satisfaction of being a positive influence on your family,
your fellow workers and you community.
There will always be winners in this world and there
will always be losers who are hoping that the winners will
fail. When you dig deep down inside these losers, you will
often find people who really would like to be a winner but who
scared to try, and they attempt to cover up their own failures
as human beings by laughing at others. In a sense we
should feel sorry for them.
Just remember – the world is a better place because
of people who try and who are not afraid to do their best.
Rise above the losers in the world and don’t let anything
stand between you and your dreams.
Have a good week!