It’s been a while. Hope you’re well. I’ve been wracking my brain over what to write here but after chatting to a friend, I finally have a topic.
I won’t mention my friend’s name but I will say that he has recently been let down by some teachers.
As the academic year is coming to an end, this must be addressed.
My friend can sing, and pretty well to be honest. He has the ability to make people smile because of his voice. But this blog post isn’t about him (Sorry bud, next time lol) this blog post is addressed to all teachers who discourage children from living out their dreams.
This is gonna sound harsh and – to be completely honest – it’s meant to! This also is not addressed to all teachers too. Most teachers actually know how to do their job but to all teachers who seem to get pleasure from egotistical crushing young people’s dreams – reevaluate your career!
If you are discouraging young people from achieving their dreams, you are not a teacher, you’re just a glorified bully. And I realise that all bullies react in that way because it happened to them too.
If your teachers or parents discouraged your dreams of becoming a singer, a scientist, an engineer, an actor or business mogul, it is actually your responsibility to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. But unfortunately, some of you think it’s acceptable to break the spirit of young people.
(Again, this is gonna sound harsh)
Your criticism of young people should be constructive, not destructive. If a child has told you their dream and all you have done is tramped on it, You are not fit to be a teacher. Simple as that.
Hurts doesn’t it? Now let me get constructive – see how simple that was?
I want to reiterate that this blog post is not to bash teachers and tar them all with the same brush. In fact, there are some genuinely remarkable teachers out there.
My encouragement to you is this:
- Look at yourself and question why you’re reacting this way to your students.
- Apologise to your student, especially if you’ve noticed them shut down because of your discouragement.
- Remember that your role as a teacher is to encourage not discourage.
- Change how you put things across. Don’t just dismiss young people, actually constructively explain your opinion.
- And lastly, it starts with you. If you’ve only ever been fed discouragement, that’s all you will give out. Begin to positively affirm yourself so that you can affirm others.
I have not written this to break anyone down but to challenge you and to push you towards greatness. I realise that you may also be wondering why you ghouls listen to an 18-year-old. The reason I think you should at least consider what I’m saying is because these are the same thoughts you had when you were young when people told you that you wouldn’t make it. I just so happen to have a platform to voice this issue which many students face daily. So please don’t dismiss me because I’m young.
Now to the students or anyone who has been discouraged, I’m going to give you the same advice I gave my friend last night with a few added extras:
If you truly want something, do not give up. Even if teachers tell you you’re not good enough. Use that upset to get better, to take lessons, perfect your craft and just shine. Also, don’t take all that they say to heart and don’t let one person’s opinion of you dictate your future. There is so much more to life than just being ‘academic.’ It’s a small part of a bigger picture. Some people are more or less academic in the same way some people are more or less creative. Work with what God has given you and make sure you put in the work. I can see the potential in you and I know that you were born for greatness. It’s now your decision whether you succeed or not. People will always be there to discourage you but make it your choice to not give up!
God bless you all and I hope this has helped someone today.