Have you ever experienced feeling so bad and low about something in your life but couldn’t find someone to talk to?
It is an experience that many of us have had at least once in our lives. What’s even sadder is that there are times when kids are the ones experiencing such burden but are often ignored by the busy adults around them – or worse, the adults are the source of these children’s burdens!
One teacher who thought of a nice writing exercise for her students got more than she bargained for when the homework turned into a list of heartbreaking confessions from the children who are 10 to 11 years old.
“I started the lesson off by talking about how everybody has stress in their lives and it’s a matter of how they handle it… I was just thinking, what is something in your life that is stressful to you, what is something that you’re afraid of… or something that no one knows and it’s like a weight on you,” Teacher Elle Deal said.
She told the kids to write a short blurb to complete the phrase, “I wish my teacher would know…”
While there were kids who wrote funny answers to the homework, Teacher Elle was struck by the many heartbreaking ones she received.
She posted some of the most challenging things the students are experiencing – and these touched the hearts of many netizens, some of whom offered to help out while others wished kids and other people experiencing troubles should learn how to speak out so they can find the help they badly needed…
Kid 1: I wish my teacher would know, my dad is in jail and I haven’t seen him in years.
Kid 2: I wish my teacher would know, I don’t always eat dinner because my mom works and I don’t know how to work the stove.
Kid 3: I wish my teacher would know, my sister sleeps in the same bed as me and sometimes she wets the bed and that’s why I smell funny.
Kid 4: I wish my teacher would know that I don’t always have sneakers for gym class because my brothers and I share one pair.
Kid 5: I wish my teacher would know I like coming to school because it’s quiet here, not like my house with all the yelling.
Can you imagine going through such things as a kid? Truly heartbreaking…
“We can either choose to teach them what’s going to be on the test and that’s it, or we can teach them how to be good, responsible, honest citizens who want to make a difference in the world. That’s the route I’m going,” Teacher Elle promised.