In the letter that he posts, which he says he handed to the student in a sealed envelope with his name on it, Ferlazzo tells the youth why he hopes he will stay in school. Ferlazzo says he’d be sorry if the young man wouldn’t use all the “smarts” that he has. The letter contains some tough love.
This is such a simple way for teachers to establish a connection with their students, but I’ve actually never heard of any teacher doing it.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.