Confined spaces

I took this photo a couple of years ago at Silverton NSW.
For me it has come to represent the education system. There is light and dark, and the promise of a bright open sky and fresh air, but the bars of bureacracy confine.
Listening to colleagues, there is great promise in their intention to teach differently. I find the reality of the ‘lost’ children, particularly disengaged young boys, distressing . As an education professional, I endeavour to write units of work that engage all the intelligences, but competing with the “play station mindset” is an uphill task.
My challenge is to be less of an empath and become less sensitive to the negative energies of the school setting. Especially important is to de-stress so that I can get to bed before 1 am!