This real-life drama made me think about teaching, about saving kids, and about my days in the classroom. So often, teachers are confronted with their own kind of "jumpers"; those students who have no interest, no incentive, and no self-worth. These students try to "do themselves in" by not studying, not participating, and not caring about school. Good teachers know that these students are actually crying out for help; they want and need a caring teacher to care about their well-being, to help see themselves in a new light, and to save them from themselves and to find hope. Personally,I encountered hundreds of these students in my 37 years career. Any teacher who has taught "underachievers" or "challenged learners" knows what I am talking about. Sometimes, the teacher has to call the "school 911 emergency responders", who arrive in the in the guise of guidance counselors, the school nurse, parents, other teachers, coaches, etc., because saving a student sometimes takes an entire community of caring, It is all worth the team effort - to save a life, to save a child, to instill hope and positivity, and to help the student to grow, learn, mature, and make better choices.
I am impressed with the actions of John Tumpane, because he got involved as a helper, he did not stand on the periphery and watch, as a disinterested bystander. He made the heroic choice to get involved and make a difference. It is the same with teaching. Students "jumpers" are vying for the teacher's attention, and their futures lives depend on the dedication and tenacity of the teachers to help them through the crises. You can be a hero teacher. Save the world, one person at a time.
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