One of my all time favorites from the Japanese manga world is Tohru Fujisawa’s, GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka. It’s a wonderful, funny and thought-provoking story about an ex-bike gang leader who wants to be the greatest teacher in Japan; it was serialized from 1997-2002. The first picture serves as an important reminder about how much influence we, as teachers, have upon our students. The things we say and do really does impact our students’ psyche and sometimes, teachers cause damage. I echo his words; no teacher should ever call their students things like “scum”, “trash” or some other demeaning name.
Here’s one last quote from the series: