I always find it odd,

perplexing actually,

when teachers complain

about the things

that their students

can’t do,

don’t do,

won’t do

or struggle with.


Isn’t that why we have jobs?

To recognize what a student can’t do

and then help them to do it?


“Well, he’s in third grade!” they say,

“Shouldn’t he be able to do this?!”


Maybe. But he can’t.

(This should be where the curtain opens

and the teacher, the hero, should take center stage).


When I hear teachers complain

About these struggling students

I always think of oncologists,

another group of professionals.


Now I’m sure that oncologists

might become frustrated

and might even complain

when their patients

don’t respond to the treatments

they’ve prescribed.


BUT then their next step

is to change course,

seek out options and answers,

try something else,

talk to colleagues,


and repeat this process,

until they have LITERALLY





they can think of.



as many of us know too well,

when oncologists are

out of options,

the battle is over,

and a life usually ends.


But sometimes their efforts pay off

and despite the fact that patients didn’t respond

to the first,

or second,

or third,

or fourth option, etc.

they eventually responded.


In cases like this,

many people

can be thankful

that the oncologist didn’t give up.

A life was saved.


It’s the patients that aren’t responding

to treatment that often need the most time and effort

from the oncologists.


That’s just the way it is.


Thank goodness

they don’t just complain

about their patients




Perhaps, in many cases,

teachers don’t prevent loss of life.

But, in many cases,

teachers do prevent a life being lost.


Trevor (@trevorabryan)

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