People hit me up with stuff all the time, from all kinds of different angles via email, in person, through snail mail (I’ve gotten bunches of letters from inmates in jail). Really, I never know what I am going to find inside of my life’s inbox.
Adds spice to the day, that’s for sure.
Here’s a question I just got from a student. (Kind of sent to me in a Dear Alan type of fashion.)
I just want to know how to deal with teachers who don’t push you towards greatness in the classroom.
Here’s my answer.
Clearly, if you have the inclination to take the time to write me this note then when I tell you that if your teachers do not take the time to push you towards greatness, then you are going to have to push yourself.
Life is weird that way. But, as the old Zen saying goes, when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear. Perhaps this teacher’s best lesson to you is that you do not need to wait for others to realize your own potential.
Then again, the lesson might be that we, in this country, need to do a better job of getting rid of the lame-o educators who have given way to lethargy, cynicism and general lemon-hood as a way of professional life.
Either way, here’s a little something that might help you out. I came across it years ago. Perhaps it will speak to you in the way it did to me.