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I agree with you that when you have a clue about the issues these kids are facing, you are light years ahead of those who don't. That's what makes you "real" to kids. Kids can sense someone who isn't real from ten miles away, whether they are teacher, therapist, parent, or whatever. Putting yourself out there is a very vulnerable thing to do. I think you have to be very grounded in yourself (I'm saying this not as a teacher, but as a therapist) in order to withstand what kids will throw at you. But when someone can be there and be real for them, kids know it and make SUCH good use of that relationship. And so many of them don't have another single good relationship in theirlives besides a teacher who cares. So thats a good enough reason to go into teaching I suppose, if one can stand all the other hardship that all of you are mentioning.
I agree that there is a certain piousness at times from the homeschool/private school communities. Although, I have seen it come from public school advocates as well. My sisters, both homeschoolers, challenged me to "justify" why I would send my child to public school given all the research on the superiority of homeschooling. Well, one can find research to support any position. But I think we HAVE to be gentle with one another and one another's choices, regardless of differing opinions, because that is just the way that grown ups have to act. Especially in these times. Just more thoughts.......
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