"See you in 10 years!"

Think back to when you were in middle school. With rare exception there was no expectation you would ever see your middle school teachers again unless you had the good fortune to be in a small community within which the teachers also lived. Middle school was something to “get through” and never look back.

Now, imagine you had worked on a letter during your middle school years documenting your life and plans for the future. You had then placed that letter into a vault bolted to the floor in your middle school lobby pending a class reunion 10 years off in the then-seeming distant future. When you said goodbye to your teachers as you left for high school some of them said “See you in 10 years.”

How would such a send off have changed your views of school?

Knowing of the planned 10-year reunion for your 8th grade class, and that you may be seeing your teachers again, is it possible your work in high school, and then maybe college, would have been affected?

Now, imagine you are a child of poverty in the free school lunch program with parents who never finished high school. Your Mom and Dad do not live together and work more than one job, evenings, nights and weekends. Few people, if any beyond your teachers, are pushing you to graduate high school, much less college.

How would such a send off have changed your views of school and what you may achieve?

"See you in 10 years."

Bill Betzen


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