Fifty years ago I was teaching history and English in high school in Opa Locka, Florida, a poor area north of Miami. I had a different message than most other teachers, many of whom were exhausted by the turbulent student body of the working class.
I tried to convince the urchins that life would likely be painful for them if they didn’t make themselves wise and develop their God-given talents.
This confused some in my classes because they were never told they were talented. Their parents weren’t smart enough to get him out. Or he didn’t care enough to do it.
I have had contact with most of my students, but certainly not all of them. There were a number of self-destructive kids who weren’t very interested in any kind of success in life.
I preached the gospel of discipline and self-reliance, two attributes that are under fire today by awakened progressives. They say the American system is rigged and minority citizens cannot succeed; only a large liberal government can save them.
So false. So destructive. But this is the mantra and the children feel it. It is harder today to be an honest teacher.
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