In today’s society children encounter many obstacles to their formal education such as poverty, bullying, death, and abuse. Most children are not equipped to handle these situations alone. They look for guidance from their teachers to help them through difficult situations. Teachers need to be aware not only of their student’s academic performances but also any personal situations that may impede their ability to learn. How a teacher handles a student’s specific personal crisis can either help the student overcome their burden or may make the situation in their life worse.
Complex issues that students are dealing with today are in schools that have policies and programs in place to counter act these problems, for example, many inter city schools around the United States, such as the Atlanta public school system have a breakfast program to serve the kids before school. This helps the children living in poverty in the inner city to get one of the most important meals of the day. Teachers in the Atlanta school district serve food to the children before the start of each school day.
Another critical issue that many students face is bullying. 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school. (Facts and Statistics) I was included in that 71% while I was in middle school. I attended an all Caucasian Christian school where I was harassed and mocked for the color of my skin. My bullying experience was not limited to students but also included teachers as well. My 6th grade my teacher singled me out by screaming at me to move my hand that was supporting my head. I listened to her at first but as a habit I put my hand back to support my head. She then got furious and threatened to call my mom which I thought was ridiculous for doing absolutely nothing. Although my parents supported me and contacted the school repeatedly shortly after the bullying began it still continued for two years because the school denied that this was happening and did nothing to help me. After 7th grade I could take the bullying anymore. My mother and I talked to the head principle of the school and withdrew for my 8th grade year. I transferred to a Catholic middle school down the street at which there were some minorities. As the year went by at my new school I had no incidents of racism or bullying. But I will never forget the effects it had on me attending my first middle school. Had I received support from my teachers and the administration I might not have had to take the drastic step of transferring schools.
A death in the family can also be a hard issue to deal with as a student. The stress of not having someone there for you can cause emotional hardship that can affect the way you live your life and how you think about yourself, such as self-esteem and self worth. For example, I have gone through a major loss in my life back in 2008 when I lost my grandfather. My grandfather and I were very close and shared many traits and getting a phone call in...