#Iwishmyteacherknew sparks discussion, raises awareness


Tyler Jones

Responses to this assignments have traveled across America.

A few weeks ago, a third grade teacher from Colorado had her class write on note cards to tell her anything they wish she knew. She had them do it anonymously, which resulted in some students admitting personal problems that not only shook up the teacher but later the world via social media.

This teacher’s assignment has been repeated all across the United States, including with a few teachers at Leander.

With the permission of a few teachers and students who wanted to participate, The Roar collected some anonymous students’ responses in hopes of getting a high school student perspective. Several responses were emotionally wrenching, for both student and teacher.

A few reflected problems with bullying. 

I wish my teacher knew about my mental issues so maybe she could tell people not to bully me so much.

— Anonymous

Several showed students’ struggles at home. 

I wish my teacher knew that I feel like I’m all by myself because no one in my house cares about me.

— Anonymous

Some were inspiring and reflected appreciation towards their teacher. 

I wish my teacher knew that I am no longer a victim of self-hate, and I also want to thank her for making me laugh all the time and brightening my mornings.

— Anonymous

Students also voiced their appreciation for things as simple as being listened to. 

I wish my teacher knew how lost I feel when I think about the future and how much it means to me when they care about what I think.

— Anonymous

These responses from students brings the realities of life outside of school to the forefront. If anything, it should serve as a reminder to students and faculty alike that one can never know someone’s story simply by sitting next to them in a classroom. This exercise is meant to inspire kindness and the benefit of the doubt in everyone.