The saddest thing about being a teacher is seeing the amount of wasted potential leaving our school gates every year.
How dispiriting it is to see what standardized testing and what some (often well-intentioned) teachers can do to a young person’s confidence and sense of self-worth. (What makes it worse is how often I am part of the problem myself.)
I despair at the amount of young people who finish school without a sense of purpose and belief that they can change the world in their own special way.
Foolish optimist that I am, though: I live for the day when schools will realise that their job is not to create businessmen and doctors, or even good test-takers, but to help every child to find the desire and the confidence to make their own special mark on the world.
And to be happy.
All the rest follows.