“I would like to have an A”

A sentiment that caused me pause today as I entered a number into a machine for a young person who has lived through trauma, alcoholism, and a culture that deems formal education for the other.  “I would like to have an A” is what the trimester reflection said; not I deserve that which I did not earn, nor anything else but their reflection on difficulty in learning in a system that I have bent so far….  I believe this young person, I believe him.