Thursday, February 6, 2014

Higher Education

“What if I can’t make it to college?”

The counselor was doing annual academic planning with my sixth grade students when one of the boys flagged me over to whisper his question. I sat down next to him. I know school is a struggle for him.

“Well,” I told him, “college is like a key. It will open some doors for you. When you get older, we want you to have as many choices as possible so that you can do the things that will make you happy. That’s why we’re saying college is important.

“But, I mean, what if I just can’t? What will happen to people who don’t go?” he asked with more than a small note of discouragement in his voice.

“Don’t worry; there are other keys, too,” I assured him, “but you still have time to work hard and do what you can to get ready for college. AND your teachers will help you—that’s what we’re here for.”

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