Still Relying on Hope

“Hope is a risk that must be run.” ~ Georges Bernanos
Ask any professor: the end of the semester is not the time we associate with hope. I look at students and despair: I haven’t taught them enough, they haven’t worked hard enough, nothing is ever enough.
But this week I’ve been blessed by news from a number of former students–out there being magnificent, changing the world for the better–and hope is reborn.
And then I have to remember: once upon a time, I felt the same despair about their classes.   It’s all relative. The rational part of me knows that I actually have a number of very hard working students who have come a long way in 15 weeks.  I also know that how students perform in English 101 has absolutely nothing to do with their success in the rest of their lives.
So I begin to hope for them.
And it’s a lovely reminder from Those in Charge that we mustn’t give up hope, not even in the darker days.  I have sown the seeds, and I can but hope they have fallen on fertile ground. It may take a while for the seeds to grow, but I have hope that they will.

About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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