Thursday, May 13, 2010

Teachers matter.

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.- George Evans

I grew up in a teaching household, both literally and figuratively.

My mother is an elementary teacher and my father has his degree in math education. Every situation was a learning opportunity and they still approach their parenting life this way with my youngest brother and sister who are teenagers. And naturally with four children there are at least two different learning styles amongst us.
I am extremely grateful each day for this advantage and blessing that God bestowed upon me. Because my mom was a school teacher in the system, my siblings and I had advantages that others did not.

Specifically and most pertinent to this particular tale, is the fact that because my mom was in the school system, she could talk with our teachers if there was a problem with our learning process.

The teachers were and are her peers.

So if there was a problem, the lines of communication were open and at a much easier rate than the average parent.

I’m not saying this made it any easier on me.

In fact, I think the teachers expected more out of me because of it. I was in all the honors classes possible as a result of it too. I appreciate their drive because it is a large part of my educational success today.

I graduated with honors. I was number 13 of 320 academically and went to college with several scholarships as a result. As you may or may not know, I have a BA in Political Science from OU and am set to start law school this fall. Learning comes easily and naturally to me.

My educational story is one of how teachers positively impacted my life.

Unfortunately, not all kids have the same story as I do.

And today, I’d like to tell you a story of one such instance.

This little boy grew up in a caring household much like mine.

His mom was and is a nurse and his dad designed drill bits for big oil rigs. Education was and is valued. He was the middle child of three boys. He was like most little boys in a classroom, learning best when doing hands on activities.

He did not learn like the “average” child did and as a result was written off in many classrooms.

He was dismissed as simply having a learning disorder.

But one classroom and teacher, in particular, wrote him out of education completely.

His third grade teacher told his mom that he would never amount to anything and it was going to be impossible for him to graduate from high school because of his behavior and attitude on life.

This was quite the devastating blow for the mother and so she kept it to herself. How could someone make a determination for a person’s entire life when they’d only lived a mere 9 years of life?

Well, the years passed and the little boy grew into a young man. He graduated not only with his high school diploma, but his welder’s license too.

On the day of the high school graduation, his mother told him that she was so proud of him and told him the story of his third grade teacher’s misguided views on his life.

She reminded him that with God all things are possible and so he had, in essence, done the impossible.

Naturally, he had very mixed feelings on the matter. While he was very happy, he still couldn’t shake the awful things the teacher had said of him.

After he graduated high school, he went straight to work, but about two years into the job, he decided that he wanted something more.

He wanted a miracle.

So he went back to college.

He is so very smart, contrary to the poor and hastily made opinion of that 3rd grade teacher.

And this Saturday, he graduates with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Information Systems.

Y’all know the guy too.

The little boy in the story is my husband.

And I cannot express how proud I am of him.

Teachers matter, bad ones included.

Happy Thursday.

5 comments:

Brittany Ann said...

Yay Brandon! Good work! And, I'm crying because of his story!

Glad he overcame that teacher! Go dude, go!

We are all so proud of you!

Kelsey Claire @Lavender, Leopard, and Lace said...

Way to go Brandon! So proud of him and for you!

Brittany said...

Great story!!

Way to go Brandon!!

ps. Love your new look!

Katherine said...

Yay teachers and more importantly, YAY BRANDON!

Gina said...

What a great story...and a great momma...and a great kid. Give Brandon a congratulations hug from me!

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