Maria, the student I referenced in my “It Gets Better” comics, appeared a whole bunch in the strip’s early days. This is one of my favorite of her appearances. Having read those comics, you can see the through line here of the things Maria was dealing with during her high school years.
Teachers get a bad rap for not wanting to put weight behind the tangibles in our profession - the data, the constant observations. That’s the stuff supposed to be quantifiable. I don’t know many teachers who feel this way but, ok, I can see the layperson viewing this as teachers not wanting to be “accountable” or whatever.
Something like what’s happening in the above comic… it’s not quantifiable. You can’t weigh the ability of a student being able to open up to you about a problem against how they score on a high stakes test. It’s impossible.
…and yet, if you ask most educators, it’s exactly these kind of situations that MAKE them who they are. It makes them do what they do. There willing to endure quite a lot in the service of helping young people in any way then can. I’m hopeful someday I’ll live in a world where that’s not taken for granted quite so much.