"All my teachers hate me."
No, Deprecating "Debra"*, your teachers do not all hate you. They may all be frustrated with you, as I am. You are exhibiting behaviors that are getting in the way of not only your academics but a healthy self view.
I don't think in my five years of teaching that I have ever met a student that I actually hated. I've had students that I hate being around, or hate the days that they actually show up to class (and if anyone has issue with me making that statement has never been a teacher or in education). But, I've never hated them. I've hated the way they frustrate me because I can't figure out how to help them, to enlighten them, to make them see sense.
Some say hate is a strong word and shouldn't be used. However, it gets the point across. It's a lot more succinct to use than "I have an unbearable and strong dislike of _______".
Many students fall into the "trap" of thinking that if a teacher doesn't act like your friend, lets you get away with not doing work, doesn't call you out when you are being rude, inappropriate or disrupting "hates" you.
When a teacher "hates" you, thank the Lord above. When a teacher "hates" you, he or she is taking time out of their busy schedule to address a problem you have. When a teacher "hates" you, they want you to live up to the enormous potential that they know you have. When a teacher "hates" you that means there is at least one person out there that cares about how you turn out as a person and how much of a future you will have.
We should all be so lucky as to have a teacher who "hates" us.
*name changed to cover my butt.
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