I think it’s very easy to let others’ negativity bring us down, so I’m glad the teacher’s attitude didn’t slow you down for long. I was worried that she would be shooting down the dreams of small children similar to what she did to you until you mentioned the language barrier.

It can get tiring struggling against a system that fights change, so I wish you much energy and conviction. This is part of why I’m no longer a social worker, although I do try to make the world better in more informal ways. I find helping individuals is more satisfying than working on the macro level, because you may not see the effects for years.