They’re just like little adults in the world
With half formed brains and unformed lives,
No life experience needed for an understanding of
The feelings of the others on this earth.
They push the buttons, poke at nerves
Raw with pain and overuse, like skin
That’s been so scorched with evil flames
Leaving red and sticky wounds that hurt to touch.
With fifteen years within their bank, they know
Those wounds are there, and that the touch will hurt.
They don’t know yet, the pain and damage that
Their scratching does, the long term hurt
They’ll only know with yet another fifteen years
Underneath their lifeling belts.
I am really struggling with my Year 10 students at the moment and it’s eating me up. They are fifteen and they are intelligent so they know that what they say can hurt, but I don’t think that they have the maturity to know that it can have a long term effect.
I am a bit of a softy and I should really be in therapy, but still, I am learning that I struggle to deal with their hurtful comments because they really make me question myself.
The biggest problem with these students is that they don’t have much life experience yet. They know how to push your buttons, but they are too young to know just how fucked up grown ups can be. And interestingly, it’s the intelligent girls from rich families who are the worst. Many of them have had really entitled lives with parents who tell them the sun sshines out of their bums.
The students that have really horrible home lives are not vindictive at all. Those guys will act up, but they know pain and they don’t seem ready to inflict it on other people.
If I can give you any advice, if you are a parent and you are giving your kids the very best of everything: educate them on how cruel the world can be and how compassion is the antidote to any of that crap. Kids that know this, are the kids that will go on to lead the world – in the right direction.