[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD ABUSE, ABLEISM, EATING DISORDERS]
This is what's been taking up so much of my time this week:
"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..."—Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives
Let me just say that in collecting the statements I used for this piece, I heard a lot of fucked up stories about teachers being terrible. I know teachers are overworked and underpaid. Clearly we need to be paying teachers a LOT MORE and giving them way more help and resources so they can understand and empathize with the kids they're basically raising so that every kid who's a little bit different from the others doesn't end up getting completely fucked up and screwed over. Okay? Maybe?
And we need a better vetting process. And everyone needs more empathy in general. DO NOT BELITTLE OR YELL AT KIDS BECAUSE YOU THINK THEY'RE BEING LAZY UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY KNOW THEM AND THEIR HOME SITUATION. FUCK.