Why I Should Have Told My High School Students About My Struggle With Drinking

September 12, 2014 8:20 PM

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Why I Should Have Told My High School Students About My Struggle With Drinking

In the five years I spent as a history, health and ethics teacher in Chicago and Miami, my students confided in me a lot. They told me about boyfriend betrayal and broken hearts, unfair parents and annoying siblings.

I didn't feel it was necessary to pass them off to another school professional who was already overwhelmed with schedule changes, truancy reports and standardized test coordination. I could be present for them as both a teacher and person, as a trusted adult and a cohabitant of the world.

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