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Human beings spend a great portion of their lives learning We sit in classrooms we listen we observe and all the while there is always someone there for us someone to clarify to teach and to guide There is no doubt that teachers are an integral part of a persons life whether a child or a young adult teachers are always there A cornerstone for our self-betterment teachers have little choice but to have an impact on the person a child becomes and quite possibly more importantly the person a child strives to become The passage by Ernesto Gallarzo is a poignant memoir of a young boy in his first ventures into an American school and it contains some very important aspects of a teacher-pupil relationship the impacts the teacher has may have been intensified by the unique needs of the student but it encompasses the general idea The poem while again an exceptional scenario also portrays the deep impact the slightest actions of a teacher can have on a child who holds them upon a pedestal To attend school is to be in the care of an adult other than your parents or guardians for six to eight hours out of the some 13 hours you are awake To feel that your safety is entrusted in someone who may just be a complete stranger a person who you may not have ever even met before is an intense experience and feelings of suspicion vulnerability and fear surpass all others In the end however as if by the casting of a spell the teacher comes into the possession of the trust the love and the confidence of the children In Ernestos experience school was an exceptional challenge he was not only going to school to learn he was going to school to become an American He was afraid and he felt insecure but after he realized he had no choice but to confide in and
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