Big enough, small enough
“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” – Jonathan Kozol
The person who came up with this quote must have lived my life. I can’t fight for causes or do a job or spend my time doing things which hold little meaning for me. I think I might get bored easily and look for new challenges. That is why I am always doing and juggling many different things. But at the same time, I have learned that while the battles I pick must be big enough to matter to me (and for the people around me and to the world in general), they must also be small enough to win. Battles which are huge (and where you probably end up dying on the battlefield) may do much for the “learning experience” meter in your life, but little for the soul. Just like in teaching and assessment where we may set the bar so high at times that our students are just not able to reach it. Discouragement is a poor teacher, and it’s a thin line between that and healthy pressure. As tutors, we must know the difference or our students will keep dying on battlefields where they should be excelling in glory.