On Success

I saw a tweet the other day that said something like “It’s so refreshing to see people that aren’t young hitting it big and achieving their dreams” and honestly, I could relate.

Books and movies make it seem like if your dreams don’t come true by a certain age, it’ll never happen. As if there’s an expiry date on success.

Classroom Etiquette

Honestly, I am not the world’s best student. I mess around during class sometimes and I don’t always do my homework and I’ve been known to make it quite clear when I’m in a bad mood. But, I do try to be as respectful and polite to my teachers as I can.

Teachers do not have the easiest job in the world, and they do not need students making their lives even more difficult. They spend all day explaining lessons to students who don’t want to learn from them and then spend their free time working up lesson plans and tests for later on. Their workloads are quite heavy and in many schools they are not paid as much as they deserve to be paid.

There are two types of teachers: the ones who chose to be teachers and the ones who got stuck being teachers.

The former are usually better teachers than the latter. They’re more dedicated, they’re more interested, and they’re easier to learn from because they actually want to be teaching.


This does not mean that the latter group deserves less respect! You do not have to like every single teacher you have, but at the very least you should respect the work that they do.

In religions and cultures all over the world, teachers are extremely valued in society. They are the ones that shape us, that carve out our futures. Other than this, they are human beings that deserve as much respect as you would give to anyone else.

Every teacher is someone’s parent, someone’s sibling, someone’s child. They have families who care about them just like you do. How would you react to someone disrespecting your mother? Your brother?

The treatment of teachers in today’s society has become shameful. I grew up with kids who aspired to become teachers. They’ve changed their minds because they see the way students treat teachers and don’t want to put themselves through that.

But where would the world be without teachers? Three of the world’s greatest philosophers (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle) were students of each other. Bill Gates, before dropping out of Harvard, was taught by someone who likely contributed to his ambition.

Teachers play one of the most important roles in our lives, and they deserve more respect, more recognition for their work.