So there is this girl in my cohort at school. She’s really nice, but she’s also very well off and can be sort of stuck up. She keeps saying things that rub me the wrong way.
Like the other day we had had lesson plan presentations in our literacy class and we had to participate in activities that other people had designed. Someone was doing an anticipation guide about governments in prep for a civics unit. And we had to agree or disagree with a statement and then go to a certain part of the room. The statement in question was “people always have the ability to make their own choices.” I didn’t agree with this because sometimes you have medical or financial reasons that prevent you from a number of things. If you need to work to support a family for example, you can’t take time off or spare money to go to school. She, on the other hand, agreed with this statement and proceeded to go on a rant about how “you always have choice. If you want to school, you can get scholarships or grants or PELL loans or personal loans. There is always a way!” And she just refused to listen to us about how sometimes those aren’t options for people. Ugh it made me so mad.
And there’s another girl in our class that doesn’t shave her armpits and one day out of the blue she says “I don’t like her. I can’t trust a woman who doesn’t shave. It’s disgusting.” ……are you fucking kidding me.
And she has looked down on me because I want to (and am contractually obliged to) teach in an urban, high needs school district. She has disdain for anyone who doesn’t aspire to work at a private school, like she does. I’m not going to bash your career goals, and those kids need teachers too but where do you get off putting me down? I’m going into a high-needs area with a high burnout rate for teachers and I’m proud of that. Can’t you be proud that you’re going into a private school with high-achieving students without making it a competition??
There were other things she did/said too but I can’t really remember them right now. It’s just frustrating to listen to her because she is this rich, privileged white girl who think she’s better than everyone else and I really don’t want to spend the next year with ehr.