My daughter just started teaching - 1st year out of college with a Math degree that she worked very hard for- at a Duval County High school. Unfortunately, you don't pay much attention till it hits home...but I am appalled at what she has to put us with every day from a handful of students. These students make her job almost impossible and the other students she has suffer as a result. She is being threatened every day and has asked numerous times for help - the only help she gets is being told - you just have to deal with it. NO ONE has really offered her any constructive help. In fact, a staff person just told all the teachers he is concerned about safety at the school because of the delinquent kids who they can't control. She is cussed at, yelled at and disrespected every day...and is told "just hang in there - it will make you a better teacher". She writes referrals, calls parents, has tried everything she's been taught and everything experienced teachers have suggested and nothing has worked. That is unacceptable...I see now why the education stats are so bad...you do not give someone who has dreamed their whole life of becoming a teacher a fighting chance. I am sure many quit after their first year of dealing with this - if they make it through the year. My daughter is tough and will but how much more productive could she be if these students were effectively dealt with. She says she is giving it 5 years - if this is what life is like everyday she teaches - she will find another career. I cannot understand how our school system has gotten to a place where a few students rule.
They put a first year teacher in a class of nothing but remedial kids all day - every day...which is challenging enough - then they expect her to have enough experience to discipline kids who have no intention of learning and have over the top anger and other behavioral issues. Everyone loses here. No teacher should be required to do this. This is way more than a disciplinary issue and frankly I am concerned for her safety.
This does not happen in every school - why do we allow it to happen in some.