But I understand that I am inheriting and perpetuating the work that began with my students’ high school teachers. When students arrive at my class, they are more focused, more mature, more motivated, don’t have six to eight classes, don’t have numerous chaotic extracurricular activities, and aren’t as encumbered by sports, good and bad friends, the pains of growing up, and the limitations of parental boundaries. My students’ lives have been simplified and they have been given more freedom along with adult responsibilities. They are adapting to being treated like, and being respected as, adults. By the time that I get these young men and women, they not only have taken on adult freedoms and responsibilities, but they are also still discarding the foolish notions of their childhood, and are starting to realize and commit to the hard lessons and requirements of succeeding in the adult world.
They have just begun to grasp and to accept the understanding that they will have to earn their way in life, the understanding that nothing will be handed to them unless they have worked for it. And they are just beginning to grasp the all-important lesson of consequences, of reaping what they sow, of receiving from life what they put into it. This is a lesson that many adults spend their life-time learning because of laziness, apathy, fear, bad habits, self-delusion/pride, ignorance, willful ignorance, lack of opportunity, resistance to change, etc. Most or all of my students do not seem to be encumbered by any of these character flaws. They all seem to have a proper humility, a willingness to accept constructive criticism, a willingness to learn, and a willingness to do the necessary work for a quality product and a good grade. And if they are willing, I am certainly able to teach them what they need to know.
More on this tomorrow. I pray that God will give you wisdom, peace, and joy as you walk in fellowship with Him this day.