Tuesday, April 05, 2005

the truth, 1

Okay, here is one true thing:
Last week we had an average of 17 teachers absent each day. I don't know all their stories. Legitimacy has gotten foggy. If a student punches you, how long do you stay out, even though the physical is healed?
And although I do understand that in a way, here's the bottom line: a kid I know, a junior, very good student, very good writer, good guy, loving, kind, respectful, willing, interested, capable of rising, he hasn't got one single teacher anymore, only substitutes. Why in hell should he come to school at all.
That is obviously not a question.

Melanie

5 Comments:

Blogger marg said...

This makes me very sad. I am usually quick to defend teachers, but I have no words.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Nancy McKeand said...

I don't think we can blame the teachers; I imagine they need a big percentage of the time they take. But whether we blame them or not, the situation is detrimental to the students. If the teachers are always out so much, the school has a responsibility, I think, to find alternative solutions. I don't know what that would look like, but kids and classes need continuity and qualified people teaching them.

I would bet that the teacher absence level is a symptom of the big problems that exist. This isn'at anything that will have a quick, easy solution.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Marsha said...

This makes me sad and makes me sick, especially when I think of all the whining done about "the kids don't care." They do care, if we do. And teaching means that some days you have to suck up what's wrong with you in order to be there for the kids. They can not learn to rise above their situations if we can't.

Tell the truth, Melanie. Lay it down.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a student punches me, I don't go back at all.

I have a family, my health, a heart full of love and joy. Do I share that with students to the point of being beaten down and forgotten in a school labeled unacceptable for the sake of saying I made a difference? Is it less important to make a difference in the schools where students are warm, well-fed, and go home to two parents? Is that the easy way out or the happy way out?
Should teachers allow themselves to be happy?

Are those teachers making regular pay offended that you can come in and make almost twice their salary for the same position?

Students circle the halls during class, pull fake fire alarms and start fights, walk in and out of classrooms at will, curse teachers and administration, punch teachers...why in hell should a teacher show up at all?

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Cassandra said...

When a student punches you, you do your best to stay there and be there for everyone else.

Ms. Plesh, you have always turned the other cheek -- despite what has heppened in your classroom. Yes, this comes with a price.

When a teacher walks out or fails to come in, they are setting an example of what is acceptable behavior for their students.You wouldn't let your students "walk out" in Mandeville, remember? You wouldn't let me...

9:43 PM  

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