I was teaching my advanced students a lesson about stress. To start a discussion, I asked my students what stresses them out and to give me examples.
They gave me typical answers such as school, boyfriends/girlfriends, exams, etc. Finally one student said family and he gave me an example that his parents are stressful because they want him to go to a good high school then to go to a good college.
Based on his answer, I asked my students if their parents expected them to be a doctor or lawyer. Their reply shocked me! They immediately said, “Teacher! That way of thinking is so old!” and “My parents want me to do whatever I like as long as I go to a good school.”
Growing up in America with a Vietnamese family, I was always expected to become a doctor or lawyer. It doesn’t help that I’m the only person in my family that didn’t major in a STEM related field. I told my students that and one not said the sweetest thing to me:
You’re not a doctor and that’s okay. You’re a successful teacher now and that’s even better.
I cried internally after hearing him say that. I have such sweet middle school students 😍