Depressing to say the least but it’s certainly a story that needed to be told and should certainly be heard by parents everywhere. May God have mercy!
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I really try not to vent on FB but my heart is heavy tonight. Please let me say that today was easily one of the worst 3 days of my teaching career of over a decade. A class full of African American students flat out refusing to learn, exceptionally disrespectful, and entitled beyond belief. Then after school a group of former students of mine (now middle schoolers) threw rocks into traffic and busted out the back window of a fellow coworker of mine. We can talk about “school-to-prison pipelines”, “black lives matter”, and whatever else, but what we aren’t talking about is the total loss of control of these kids who no longer respect any ounce of authority.
I mean just last week a kid lied to their parent (because kids lie to their parents and basically know they either aren’t intelligent enough to recognize this, or are too in denial to know their being lied to) and the parent came to the school and cussed out every adult in the presence of their child smirking. What are we supposed to do? (Even after it was proven the child lied, the parent did not return to apologize, but only covered their child’s lie.)
I don’t think many people have any idea what teachers really deal with. If black lives matter, they need to matter at parent-conference night too. If black lives matter, they need to matter when the teacher is calling because your child is ridiculously disrespectful and is killing the chance of the other kids in the class have to learn, yet you’re refusing to answer the phone. You can’t wait until a child is slung from a chair across a classroom before you start getting upset.
I love these kids. These are kids that look like me. My heart broke though. It took everything in me not to break down crying right in that 4th grade classroom. I’ve never in my career wanted to cry until today. I’ll still serve my face off with the hope of at least impacting a couple lives, but y’all need to get your kids. Bad kids are not cute. Bad kids turn into cell-dwellers and hashtags. If black lives matter, start showing up at these kids’ schools and help these teachers.