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Reader's View: Focus on school, not on friends, socializing

She heeded the advice, she said, and her grades improved.

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While an internet agent was waiting for her supervisor, I asked her what she would tell seventh-graders today about life. In her soft and sincere voice, she replied, "Mike, I would tell them to get focused on school and not on friends. In the ninth grade, a teacher pulled me aside and told me I needed to get my stuff together and forget about socializing."

She heeded the advice, she said, and her grades improved.

I thanked her for sharing and mentioned that if a "connection" arrived as a substitute teacher, I would pass it on to my seventh-grade high-needs classes.

Regretfully, that ninth-grade teacher never pulled me aside. You?

Mike Sawyer

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Denver

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