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Every kid needs a champion | Rita Pierson



Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

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47 Comments

  1. Wrong. Every kids needs a sane, educated teacher… Not someone devoted to the Idiocracy of a mythical mult-whatever-ism devoted to the destruction of innocent minds, the lowering of IQs and the dogmatic running-dog propaganda of an outdated socialist system that has been a 100% failure everywhere it is ever been tried… Not a good reference for anyone put in charge of badgering children, bludgeoning their hopes and dreams and where the only promise is that of a hammer and cycle in the hands of a velvet lined fist (mixed metaphor notwithstanding).

  2. AWESOME!!! I've been having a really bad month and this was just the boost I need. This will help me get through this week before winter break. I'm inspired to build more meaningful relationships with students, even during the short 45 minutes that I see them once a week.

  3. Ive lost 30 lbs in the 1st year of teaching solely from the stress of the job. I watch this video in the morning to keep me going and remind why i am doing what i am doing in the 1st place.

  4. I'll never forget grade 11 chemistry. More than half dropped out (went from 30 to 13 including myself) because no one liked the teacher. He was not personable or enjoyable to be with at all. Just dry as toast.

  5. I watch this whenever I have a bad week. I know I’m meant to teach and sometimes the system just drags you down so much and tells teachers they’re not good enough. But it’s the kids who we go there for, not the other adults. I love my kids and what I do and the other adults in charge who don’t spend a day in the classroom are what ruin it for those who are trying to do their job. This video makes me cry every time.

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