Originally Posted by Frequent Flyer
You make it sound like a warzone. If it's that bad, and I don't doubt it is, why don't you just walk away? I wouldn't stay in a job like that.
Quit? Quit on the students who need it the most? Eventually they become adults and are thrust into our society. Then what? They become criminals. I hope in my small way each day that I help.
Again, most students arent like the ones I've mentioned, but there are enough to destroy a lesson every day. I dont work in what would be considered a bad area. Its you basic neighborhood in the five boroughs. I cant imagine the stories a teacher from East NY or the South Bronx have. Again, politicians will turn a blind eye to the issues. The sad part is that the people who are in charge do not necessarily care to fix it. The next group of politicians will come in and change just for the sake of making it their own. New textbooks and educational philosophies that must be followed by the teacher. Under NCLB the term "corporal punishment" is peppered throughout it. It basically states that just about any form of punishment can be brought up and reviewed as being "too harsh." Many teachers in my school alone have had corporal punishment allegations brought up on them for simply asking a student to stand in the hallway until he can behave. Most times, the student refuses. Then what? Call the principal? Do that once and now the principal is pissed and he/she can claim you cant control your class. Its no win. Cant deny any student of there education, even if they are violent to others. Its an impossible way to work. Then to come home spend hours grading your own students work, the work that politicians push on principals for teachers to do, and if there is time, turn on the news and listen to politicians scream about how bad teachers are........