What types of people tend to have the most impact on our lives? Siblings? Parents? Close friends? Each might be true in their own way, but it’s often teachers that have the greatest influence in how we view the world. Those around us may give their own interpretation of events, but teachers have a deeper role, showing us the way that they perceive the world around them and teaching us their reasons for doing so. They open up the natural world, make abstract ideas tanglible, and give us insights into how the world works the way it does. We measure ourselves by the standards of their teaching, and they are pivotal in the development of our own self-image, especially in the context of school life as a whole, where competition and peer pressure all mix together to create either an atmosphere of learning or despair. Or sometimes both, in the case of Kunugigaoka Junior High School, where the higher-ranking students are pushed to do better by being given a target to strive to not be like: the infamous E Class. The E Class is composed of the lowerst-ranking students in the school, and they are ostracized from all school activities because of this. As the lowest rung in the ladder, they are mocked and ridiculed and used as a springboard to push the other students towards academic perfection. And there is nothing that they can do about it.
At least, not until 70% of the moon is destroyed.
Enter Koro-sensei, an octopus-like creature that can move at speeds up to Mach 20, is impervious to nearly all forms of weaponry, and wants to destroy the Earth. But he decides to allow humanity a chance to survive: if he is allowed to teach the E Class at Kunugigaoka Junior High, he will delay his planet-destroying for a year. The government takes him up on his offer, and offers a 10 billion yen prize to the student who manages to kill Koro-sensei. Armed with guns and knives made of a special material that only hurts Koro-sensei, the students set out to kill their teacher and claim the reward.
Or at least, they try. Sort of.
Class E is composed of students who are used to being the bottom of the barrel, the lowest of the low, so they reflexively recoil when they’re tasked with shouldering such a huge responsibility. They try…but they have no confidence in themselves or their ability to perform. And that’s when Koro-sensei steps in. He takes his position as their teacher very seriously, and he teaches them not only the normal subjects in school, but also verses them in the art of assassination. He takes a personal interest in each student, and encourages each of them in their areas of strength, and pushes them to overcome their areas of weakness. He even goes so far as to create individualized tests for each student, unique to their own individual learning styles. And under his instruction, each student grows as a person, becoming more and more confident in their own abilities and becoming eager to learn more and to do more. And that is how God often works in the lives of His children. When we are unsure of ourselves and feel like we’re at the end of our rope, or when we are going through tough circumstances and can’t seem to get ahead, God steps in and works with us. He’s there with us every step of the way, helping us to shoulder our burdens, and teaching us how to live life. He instructs us through His Word, guides us through those He places in our lives, and leads us through the circumstances around us into a deeper relationship with Him. And because of Him, we find our true identities as His children, and find true self-worth.
So, when life is getting you down…when things don’t go as planned…just look up, and remember that you’re still in God’s classroom. You’ll never fail under His instruction.