Last year we wrote a post about Kyle Schwartz, a third grade teacher at Doull Elementary School in Denver, Colorado who gave her students one very simple task. She asked them to complete the sentence "I wish my teacher knew..." and the answers were as surprising as they were heartbreaking. One of her students didn't have pencils to do their homework with. Another had nobody to play with. One had a mom who got sick a lot and another had a mom who wasn't even around to sign their reading log.


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Her findings were shared widely on the internet and the Twitter hashtag “#iwishmyteacherknew" went viral as other teachers followed suit and asked their students the same question before sharing the results with Kyle. Now Ms. Schwartz has published a book titled "I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything For Our Kids," and you can find some examples of the notes that inspired her in the heartbreaking list below.

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#1

I Wish My Teacher Knew

Kyle Schwartz Report

jevais 3 months ago

How sad. The country that wants to rule the world can't even have their children have pencils at home. Unbelievable! All the money goes to sending spaceships to find life on other planets or war in other countries.

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#2

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Leah May 3 months ago

What the kids appear to really be saying is I wish my teacher knew I was a whole person with a backstory and to please treat me accordingly. Understand my lack of effort may be due to stress and heartache and lack of resources as oppose to naughtiness laziness etc.

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#3

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Luis Milian 3 months ago

just one friend can change this!

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#4

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Cherie 3 months ago

How frightening for this little kid. Prayers.

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#5

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Teresa Stockroske 3 months ago

Onion ninja smacked me straight in the face on this one..... I lost too many family members to some firm of cancer.

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#6

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Hans 3 months ago

Finally a positive one!

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#7

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Luis Milian 3 months ago

even if mom is not around cause of work, this one is a concern

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#8

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Luis Milian 3 months ago

life hits us on an early age

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#9

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jevais 3 months ago

Life in the U.S.A. is not at all the Amercian dream. Why people cannot live on just one salary? How shocking. What is wrong with your economy? Why do the citizens have to hold down Serval jobs at a time? I feel so sad for the average person living in the States, I hope that one day things will change and that works will not have to work in several places to keep food on the table.

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#10

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Steven Thomas Ganz 3 months ago

When I was that age I knew that my teachers knew that I was being bullied but they didn't do anything about it, it's just not fare that I did walk funny because I had to wear a leg brace due to polio. Although now I have no regrets.

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