What a Street Light and I Have in Common

As an educator, I deal in the business of helping, guiding, and leading people.  It's easy to confuse that and think that educators change people.  In my experience, I've found that it's impossible to change people. 

It's like the old saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."I can't force anyone to come to class, but  I can make class engaging and meaningful.  I can't make anyone graduate from high school; all I can do is present them with the knowledge and guidance to do so. 

Since people have free will, they have the ability to make their own decisions.  I only have the power to influence.  My goal every day is to be a role model that inspires and encourages my students to be successful inside and outside of school.  I aim to be a guiding light to help navigate them through obstacles in the darkness. 

For now, that's all I can do, and that's what I'm going to do.

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