the fearless ones

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They swim through life with ease,

The fearless ones will hold their own

In a grown up world of vicious knocks,

They’ll laugh it off and make a new

Beginning for successful ends,

The fearless ones will always win

And somehow I don’t mind the fact.

Since working as a teacher, I have become very aware of the fact that there are students out there who are destined to just make it in life. And the annoying thing is that these guys don’t even need to try; their charisma will just carry them through to greatness.

I’m sure that everyone has met this type of person. They are nearly always boys and they are terrific flirts. They never try hard at school and you always find them in the lower sets, academically – of course, in PE they excel.

Anyway, you find that even though most teachers are pulling their hair out when they teach these guys, we also normally have a little bit of a soft spot for them, and we know that they’ll probably do really well in life.

I have a few boys in my classes that fit into this group and I can see them being fantastic sales people and they will probably earn five times what I do in their commissions.

I just wish that we could meet all of our students twenty years down the line to see if our predictions are correct. It’s frustrating to know that these kids have put no effort in, at all, but the world is a better place for having these people in it. Even if it’s just for jokes.

Much Love

Rachel xx

2 thoughts on “the fearless ones

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I’ve had students like that, too, Rachel. On the one hand, they can have their annoying way of not taking the work seriously. On the other, as you say, there’s a certain charm and appeal, and that can carry a person far. It does make you wonder what will become of them. For the matter of that, I’ve often wondered what become of this or that student I’ve had. I’m still in contact with some of them, which is lovely. But the rest…. yeah, I wonder.

    1. patientandkindlove

      When I was training, I had to buy a new car and the car salesman went to the school I was training at. He started raving about how amazing his English teacher was. She was still there so I went in and told her the next day and she was so happy. It must be rare to hear back from old students but those odd stories must make it feel all worthwhile.

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