As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
Particularly as I was looking over previous teaching experiences. What I loved about being the classroom teacher was to see students who were putting in efforts, wanted to succeed, but were also being adolescents. Enjoying the teen years. In my view I believe that the teen years are the most enjoyable years. I'd still like to hope that the spirit of the soul can be free - free as a bird. To breathe, hope and dream. But even with my opinion there are other views. Such as the turbulence that takes place within these years. And of course it is an agreeable view. But my point to write these thoughts is that sometimes a persons situated environment, life factors, surroundings, what we hear, what we see, experience and culture; make us wonder if there is any sense of hope for those who are not in school or programming?
From an educators perspective it is easy to know / understand that some kids just don't want to attend school. Attending or not attending is one matter, but the matter really is that if one chooses not to attend school, then there must be healthy avenues, simply said - do something with your time that is productive, not destructive. This thought is of particular concern for the street youth. You are worthy, just like anyone else. It might take some time to figure out what you want to do, and that is ok. Sometimes it does mean reaching out to the classroom teacher, guidance counsellors, or child and youth workers. Have open discussions about choices and options. There are no dead ends, only the ones that we choose to create. It's up to us to choose, and let's face it some kids can be successful without attending formal schooling. The important point to remember is to be constructive, what is the path forward? All kids matter.
My thoughts to share with love & Kindness! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on November 10th, 2019 between 10:30-11:00 AM. Image 1 - Web Link