The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – Do You HAVE TO or Do You GET TO?

First of all, people need to understand the difference between the words have and get.

To have is different than to get. (If you have any questions, please ask them in the comment section.  If you got any questions, that is just pathetically improper use of the English language)

One thing as bad as fingernails on a chalkboard* is hearing a student tell me, “I got a question.”  I typically wonder who gave it to them and for what purpose they received it.  I want to ask from where they got said question.

Considering the time of year it is, I need to share something I find even more annoying than hearing students use incorrect grammar –I mean, they are students; they are still in school to learn– is hearing that students have to go back to school.  Or have to go to school.

Of the 196 countries in the world, give or take Taiwan, only 136 of them guarantee free and non-discriminatory education for all children.  That is a D+ on the traditional scale.  Say what you want about the quality (or lack thereof) of buildings, technology, or equality in the American system, there are buildings dedicated to the crafting of minds, there are people who dedicate their lives to guiding the intellectual pursuits of others… and it is completely FREE.

I pay a hundred dollars a month to do crossfit to improve my physical abilities and health– are the abilities and health of my brain not equally valuable?

Considering the time of year it is, I need to share something I find even more infuriating than hearing students complain they have to go to school: teachers complaining they have to go back to work.  I feel bad for anyone who has a job they have to go to, but there are certain jobs you simply shouldn’t do without passion.  Teaching tops that list.  I do not teach because I have to.

Google just informed me that it was Confucius who said “choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”.  Rarely do I have to go to work, I often have to go to meetings, but most Mondays through Friday I get to.

What about you, is your life spent doing things you have to do or things you get to do?  If you constantly find yourself “having to” do things, how do you find time for the “get to’s”?



About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

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