The Hippocratic Oath really parallels education. More on that somewhere else.
I cannot play at God in my classroom. I am not a dictator. My role is to provide an environment and situation in which students can learn. I work hard to do that. I take that responsibility very seriously.
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Choices are made by students to either trust me in the process laid out or to try their own road. Some can definitely handle their own road and I’m proud and thankful for that. Others need to be carried a great distance before they’re ready to walk on their own.
But I cannot make it happen. It isn’t my responsibility to make the choice for students. It never will be.
I can’t hold myself accountable for decisions that aren’t mine.
I’m not a doctor, but I think this idea stands out the most.