"We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well, and live." Jack Hawkins - as Quintus Arrius, Ben-Hur
This is so spot-on that it could be on a motivational poster at a coporate retreat.
Unfortunately for me, I'm not at a corporate retreat. Nope no team-building exercises involving trust falls or paintball guns for me.
No, I teach middle school. And today was our first day back from Spring Break. We have two intensive weeks of review before Testing Season swings into full, calamatous (yes, that's a real word) chaos. My students spent today reminding me that's my fault they have to take those tests, my fault they can't just play on their phones all day, and my fault they have to attend school at all. If I cared about them, they insist, I'd allow them to dwell in happy ignorance and prepare for their futures as Internet Influencers.