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"When will I ever need this?"

"When will I ever need this?"

To a teacher, it's like a slap in the face. But not the refreshing wake up call kind. The kind that can be interpreted as "What you have committed your life to and have a passion for seems totally meaningless."
The word "seems" is my interpretation, on purpose, because they really mean "is totally meaningless" but I refuse to take it that way. I have used many responses in the past but since this is a family blog I will not repeat them here.
I teach at an all male high school so what I have used recently has developed from their possible interest in sports. It begins with a question (don't most interesting things?):
Do you play a sport? "Yes. I play ______." (If they say no, I ask if they play an instrument and change the questioning accordingly)
Excellent! Are you preparing for a game soon? "Yes. We are getting ready to play _______."
Oh my, they are pretty good. Have anything special planned? I …