Editor's note: This post is one of the winning entries in NBC's Education Nation "A Day in the Life of an American Teacher" essay contest.
To everyone out there waiting for Superman to save education, some good news: I’ve found him.
Wonder Woman too.
They sit in the back row of my language arts class. Superman gets distracted sometimes, especially on Mondays, after a weekend during which he didn’t get his two free meals a day from school. Wonder Woman sometimes puts her head on the desk because she’s tired from taking care of her younger siblings while her mom works a second job.
They’re growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, where murders are so common they sometimes don’t make the front page of the newspaper. Despite this, they come to school. They dream.
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