Siobhan Curious, a Canadian literature teacher, writes about an 18-year-old student who’s desperate to pass her course after seven weeks out of school trying to help his father save a failing business.
. . . I think – although I’m not sure – that the most compassionate thing I can do for Yannick will be to make him face the consequences of his choices, and recognize that they WERE choices.
. . . if there is one thing teaching has brought me to believe with all my heart, it’s that we all – students, teachers, parents, children, politicians, criminals, cats and dogs – need to learn the principal of cause and effect. If you spend more than you earn, you will go into debt. If you don’t go to class, you will fail your courses. And if your family business is going to hell in a handbasket and you can’t go to school because you’re working 12 hours a day at the shop, then maybe a year away from school is exactly what you need.
. . . I don’t think that any more allowances or exceptions will do him any favours.
Already on academic probation, Yannick has a very slim chance of passing enough courses to stay in school.