Life Is A Struggle For Some People

I was compelled to type this post after reading TechnoBabe's recent entry. Something happened this afternoon, and I'd like to share with the few of you.

I have a new Form 4 student who arrived last month from a school further away. He was quiet and I must confess I never spoke a word directly to him (because I always teach in general). Then he began to miss school for many times a week, and as a curious person, I asked about his wellbeing from the classmates.

His friends told me that after school he worked at a local restaurant till very late. As a very liberal person, I just wished him luck quietly and continued teaching the rest of the brood. I thought that maybe some students are just happier working for money than study. It's a common trait.

Yet this afternoon, my colleague who teaches Chemistry informed me about the plight of this particular student of mine during my class at the lab. He told me that this student comes from a very poor family and his father had just recently had one of his feet cut off because of some disease. So the family almost barely make ends meet, thus my student had to work extra hard until late at night to support his family. Life is now a struggle for him.

If the family receive no help, he might drop out of school.


This is the thing I always preach to my students. Life is not always sweet and beautiful. When the storm comes and hit you badly, be prepared to crawl on your knees and hands to continue. But believe it or not, when I told his case to my waiting students after the conversation with my colleague, a few students said that their life are GUARANTEED to be well.

And I solemnly cursed them aloud - mostly wishing death and destruction to their family and property. I really did.


TechnoBabe said...

You and your students are on the other side of the world from us, but I can see that we all have trials and difficulties to overcome. I am so sorry about your student who has so much responsibility to take care of family and not able to attend school. Also, I have to tell you that I have a post ready about inner struggle and that post has the very same graphic that you have on this post. Maybe you're my little brother in some other life.

Aizan Suhaira said...

Sigh... and the vicious cycle continues.

No education = No better life

It's sad that the boy most probably has to drop out just to support the family. I wish there was something we can do to help people like this.

Anyway, your imbecilic/naive students who say their lives are guaranteed to be well... well, we'll just have to wait and see, don't we?

Shadowthorne said...

TechnoBabe; Usually I feel nothing whenever watching / hearing sad things about people. But you can say I am fairly touched if good people got squashed in the highway of life.

Shadowthorne said...

Aizan; The boy who loudly said that he was going to be lucky is actually the son of a colleague. I pity the father.

And I told him that one day when the father is no more, he will regret whatever he had said to his dying day.

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