"Ms. POd, can I talk to you for a few minutes" yelled Cari as I walked towards the cafeteria today. I said "Of course. I am never too busy to talk to one of my favorite students."
Cari was upset. It seems that she told one of her teachers, Ms. Bitch, that she plans to go to the local community college next year and the teacher started yelling at her. Ms. Bitch said that school was for losers and people who couldn't do anything. Ms. Bitch told Cari that unless she went to a four year college she was wasting her time.
Cari always had great grades until she got to high school. Here, she really had to produce and the work was difficult for her. Although she is graduating on time with a regents diploma, she does not feel ready to face college. She wants two years to improve her skills and get ready for the big time.
I hated to do this but I did it anyways. I told Cari that Ms. Bitch has no clue as to what she is talking about. I teach at that college and know that it is a fine school. While it is easy to get in, it is not easy to graduate. But, in contrast to the larger college, this is a place that will help her through. She will get guidance and tutoring and possibly even scholarship money. Knowing Cari as well as I do, I know she is making the right decision.
I don't know what is wrong with teachers like Ms Bitch. Why do they have to put kids down? Why do they have to make nasty comments about things they know nothing about? I'm guessing that Cari does not have the grades to get into a four year college. Why make Cari feel so bad about herself?