An Open Letter To the Girl In My 10th/11th Grade Computer Class: Dear Ms. C: Earlier in the day I heard you discussing with another student your previous undescribed legal issues that have put you no less than TWO YEARS BEHIND in school. You quietly and simply described your schooling plans and life. You walked from the regular classroom to the computer lab without running through the cafeteria screaming and pushing your friends. You carried your materials in a well-stacked bundle. On arrival, you requested the work for the session while everyone else waited for me to pass them out. After receiving the worksheet you selected a computer away from the rest of the class, put on your glasses, and turned on your work station. You did not complain about the computer being 'too slow' or a 'piece of s---'. While the other students instantly began surfing and checking their emails, you opened the recommended website and began working. Twice during the session, you raised your hand and asked me for advice and definitions, which I was happy to help you with. You had made your way through most of the sheet when a student arrived with a pass to a meeting with a school official; you walked over and showed me the pass, telling me explicitly where you were going and why, and explaining you would not be able to finish the class. You requested any take-home or extra work, and when there was none, you said 'Thank you', and exited without slamming the door. Ms. C: No, thank you. You made my day.