Unsure what he meant, I asked for him to clarify, "What do mean?"
His reply has stuck with me and truly made me think... "Will you see me as a student? or your son?"
As a teacher and as a parent, my two worlds will collide this school year. My child will be in the grade level I teach, and while I will not teach him directly, my colleagues will. But this conversation between he and I has made me think about how we as an education community view the students who come to us with files packed, numerous acceleration plans needed, and multiple labels announcing who they are. In reality, as a mom, I want my children to grow up not being defined by their limits, but taught that they have something to offer to the world around them. JFK once said, "Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation." I say, "Know my child."