YOUR DIFFERENCE IS YOUR GENIUS! I truly believe that.
When will the time come for us to be open to accepting this word wholeheartedly – Difference!
With all that has been taught and trickled down to us over the years proving time and time again that being different can be ingenious I am still amazed that most of us are still stuck to trying to achieve the norm.
Presently I have a private student who’s multi-talented and seriously driven to achieve her goals. One of her talents is singing. She has her own style and a special way of executing; a young lamb oozing her way to do greater things and making her footprint upon society. She came to me recently complaining about her teachers at school not giving her the time or the opportunity to be heard (vocally). They have disregarded her way of singing and in her words “laughed at her.”
I seriously thought that night how easily children can be jilted and lose their focus by the stupidity of some teachers, their lack of sensitivity and fear of the unknown. It was once said that the schooling system does not enable or stimulate the natural abilities of a child. Most times a child that is gifted as my student can be disabled and by disabling them they could be left out or setback leaving them marred because of their unique talent.
Not knowing how to handle their difference is one thing but not trying to reach out is ludicrous.
Teachers are supposed to be one of the so called career guidance counselors within our society responisbile for shaping “our children’s lives.” I guess this is the reason there are so many home schooled kids which, by the way are more progressive and productive in the long run.
The great thing about this situation is that her parents and I are standing together, willing her, giving her the support that is vital for her to sustain in her endeavors now and throughout her life. Together we are shutting out the forced noises that’s momentarily surrounding her in order that she may keep her focus on the prize.
As a parent I have never been to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting. However, I made certain that every month I would go to the school visiting each teacher and interacting with them. This way I developed a relationship learning more about them and my daughter’s achievement in school.
Born out of wedlock, put up for adoption, dropped out of college then he changed the world because he was different. Steve Jobs: 1955-2011
And that’s the difference.