Kyle Schwartz, a third grade teacher from Denver, Colorado, cracked the code and unlocked the secret stories of her students’ lives. 92% of the pupils at Doull Elementary School rely on a subsidized lunch program, just one sign of the hardships they face. But Schwartz discovered that no money for lunch was the least of these children’s problems: many struggled with the lack of a parent at home, bullying, and stress about their marks.
Schwartz asked her students to answer the question, “What do you wish your teacher knew?” and to submit their notes anonymously. What they wrote will surprise you.
Kyle Schwartz teaches students from lower income families in Denver, Colorado
She wanted to better understand them, so she asked a simple question: “What do you wish your teacher knew?”
The students’ anonymous responses were overwhelming
92% of the pupils at Doull Elementary School rely on a subsidized lunch program
Many have problems at home that they had never shared before
Their issues were big and small, from a lack of pencils to a missing parent
From a birthday that everyone at school forgot to a sick mother in the hospital
They wrote what every teacher wished she knew.