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.

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.

More info: Twitter | I Wish My Teacher Knew

#1

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jevais 3 years 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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Leah May 3 years 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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Luis Milian 3 years ago

just one friend can change this!

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Cherie 3 years ago

How frightening for this little kid. Prayers.

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Teresa Stockroske 3 years 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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Hans 3 years ago

Finally a positive one!

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Luis Milian 3 years ago

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

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Luis Milian 3 years ago

life hits us on an early age

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jevais 3 years 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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Steven Thomas Ganz 3 years 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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#11

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Kjorn 3 years ago

that one hit me. i can't imagine the teacher joy when he/she read that!

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#12

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Roselientje 3 years ago

Aaawh

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#13

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Hans 3 years ago

Future Bored Panda visitor!

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#14

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Roselientje 3 years ago

Good, dont let it stop you!

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#15

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Jonathan Eatsalot 3 years ago

the school should know this already

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#16

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Funda Çıtak 3 years ago

;(

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#17

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Pat Kellim 3 years ago

heartbreaking!!!!

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Anya O 3 years ago

I wish my teacher knew that!And that I also become very focused when I draw stuff on the corners of my book

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Tocolocato 3 years ago

This one broke my heart.

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Casper Van Der Linden 3 years ago

It's hard to response on this one

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#21

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Pi... 3 years ago

This...is imposed on kids and people and makes us feel bad for not achieving our over-expectations

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Pat Kellim 3 years ago

:(

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#23

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hans lin 3 years ago

Cheer up kid!

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#24

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Kjorn 3 years ago

that's the kind of stuff the teacher MUST know. my kid has it and the teacher know it. It MUST know that for adapt his teaching

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#26

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Rhon 3 years ago

You will, sweet child. You have the motivation of love to help you. Don't forget that being great doesn't mean being famous, greatness can be behind the scenes. My love to you little one.

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#27

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Maniac_With_Nails 3 years ago

He/she is NOT a suck up. I, for one, really enjoy school. So it is perfectly normal for someone to say that they like school. There is nothing wrong with it. So stop criticizing this student. They are just expressing their opinion. If they like school, they like school. Most of my friends actually like school. So to Elena Popowitch and Cairis Adams, every child has the right to like school. So if you didn't like school, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sorry you didn't have a decent childhood to make you decent people.

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#28

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Hetal Vyas 3 years ago

Happens to everyone at some point x

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#29

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Haris Segetalo 3 years ago

Me too..

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Philly Bob Squires 3 years ago

Tell them. I'm from a long time ago but when my math & science teachers found out where my interests were, they (the great ones) really got up to the task. I couldn't tell you crap about many subjects but when you get on music, science, computers etc, I could go all day long and love it when I find someone to share that knowledge with. And when you run into a teacher who feels that way... you really connect! A good teacher or counselor will connect you with the right people! (note I said "good") BTW, I sucked at history... ironically I worked for 20 years as a multimedia specialist for a US Historical site in Philadelphia! LOL!

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frederic eeckman 3 years ago

I never understood teachers who blame students for asking questions...

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Nga Kieu 2 years ago

if you're not doing well in school, your teacher would see your parent all the time, like I see my sons teacher. 😁

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Pi... 3 years ago

That broken heart...broke MY already aching heart.

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Tessa 3 years ago

wait, aren't these written by young children? that is very sad if such a young child knows so many people who want to kill themselves. I am one myself and know some others as well and I dont think young children should get involved in this too much, i dont think that is healthy

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Pi... 3 years ago

I see a lot of empathy in these kids... I wonder why it fades when we grow older :,(

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#37

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Rhon 3 years ago

You go and live your dream!

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#38

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Mel Biago 3 years ago

Aww baby, I feel you. Middle child out of 7, 5 are brothers, my parents divorced when I was 7 years old. Chin up baby, it gets better ❤️

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Cherie 3 years ago

I'm not sure this belongs here, but it's a valid concern.

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Hetal Vyas 3 years ago

It does sometimes and it will...eventually

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#42

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Silent Skeleton 3 years ago

awwh

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Roselientje 3 years ago

Aawh that is so sweet :(. I am melting

#44

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Kjorn 3 years ago

it's sad to see that at this Young age kid already use the word Stress...

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Rhon 3 years ago

Cute!

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Anne Rouffignac 3 years ago

Sweet kid, and I love the little annotation by the teacher. Get well soon Grandma!

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Cherie 3 years ago

Me too! More is not always better.

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Goz Maculele 3 years ago

cheeky

#50

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Megan Spainhour 3 years ago

Yes cast, it's probably a theater group or theater class

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Nga Kieu 2 years ago

teachers supposed to celebrate birthdays with their kids. maybe this kid just write this cause he/she didn't think of anything else.

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