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Why I Love Teaching, But Hate Diploma Exams

If you already recognize the title to this blog post, you may have noticed that I basically stole it from Suli Breaks and his great spoken word poem, "Why I hate School, But Love Education" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ZmM7zPLyI). I think almost every student at one point in their lives has uttered the phrase "I hate school". As I teacher working with at-risk youth, almost all of my students come into my class with extremely negative feelings about school, teachers, and anything related to it. It takes a long time to work through the "educational baggage" that students have in order to help them understand that a truly good education can benefit them in many ways.

Working through this "educational baggage" is one of the many reasons why I love being a teacher. I love the long term process of breaking down student perceptions of school, teachers, and the purpose of education. It literally keeps me up at night trying to invent new strategies …