Recently, I wrote a post on how address poverty in the classroom (How to Address Poverty in the Classroom).  Anonymous posted this inspirational comment to my post:

Empower your students with the concept that “the world is their oyster.” Pepper every class with examples of those who have overcome adversity with success. Mahatma Ghandi said “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Booker T. Washington said “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Etc.

Rather than sporting the “poor little you” point of view in your classroom, you are on the right track by encouraging your students to seek out and depend upon their own strengths. Motivate and inspire them with a self-reliant, “can do” attitude rather than enable a “victim” mentality and excuses for failure. Hunger? Frustration? Exhaustion? Medals of Honor all for those of us who have met and vanquished the beasts! And part of the dues many of us have paid to achieve our goals and join the club of those who have come out of the fire and into the world stronger, richer, more experienced, and victorious.

There is a world of opportunity out here for those who are industrious and focused; there are numerous avenues available to those who seek help and are willing to work towards a goal. One great mentor can undo an awful lot of negative input and can help a child overcome their “disadvantaged” mind-set. Teach them to see the mistakes others have made; point out examples of failure and how to avoid them. Open your students up to the possibilities their future holds if they are willing to work hard, work smart, and reach out to determine their own destinies

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