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by admin on August 24th, 2004

Day 2 with students has gone much like day 1. Pretty swell.

I can already see certain students starting to feel comfortable here, and that usually means they start to try and get away with more. I have to say things like, iI don’t care if you talk, so long as you’re not doing it where I can see or hear you.i

I suspect our homeymoon phase is going to end soon.

I like both my art classes, and that’s a good thing. I was wondering at the end of last year if I even liked teaching any more, and I’m happy to say I do. If I am teaching the subjects I enjoy. The first two classes are my art classes, and I enjoy starting my day with them, and feeling productive. 3rd and 4th periods are Economics and Government respectively. I don’t like those classes. The kids seem to be working pretty well in both of those classes, but, They’re time bombs waiting to explode. It’s only a matter of time before 50% of the kids realize the work is constant, and demanding, so they give up. This is when the disruption starts. I had two kids run out today to transfer to P.E.

Once kids end up here they have the horrible misconception that grades and credits are handed out freely, with smiling faces, and parties. It’s difficult realization when they look at their reports cards and see a half a credit and a D-for 6 weeks of work. They’re a little upset. If anything this school is harder to get credits. Kids fall behind their credits at the other high school, get shipped here, hope to make it up quick and transfer back, get caught up in the social scene here, and end up delaying graduation longer. It’s too bad we don’t go over to the other school, and do some informational meetings.

I’m sad to say that a lot of teachers here have a really easy going, care free attitude, which only hurts kids transferring back to the other school. They get used to being able to use the phone, talk in class, curse, wander around the halls, smoke on breaks, etc. Then they go back to the other school, and the rigid rules buckle them at the knees. They end up right back here 2 weeks later. I’d say about 5% of the kids who go back to the high school end up actually making it through, and they usually play sports, or have high test scores (you figure it out).

I’m sure some of you who read that last paragraph thought to yourself, ithey get to SMOKE?i Yes they do, on lunch, and at breakfast break. A lot of the kids are here because they got kicked out of the high school for smoking. The attitude by the administrations at most continuation schools for as long as I’ve heard IS, that if we didn’t allow them to smoke, they’d just not come to school, or do it behind our backs to excess. Allowing smoking in certain areas at certain times we icontroli it.

I for one think it’s horse sh*t that we allow smoking. I seem to be the exception. When should smoking ever be encouraged, or allowed on school campus? Never. Take it from someone who has and does smoke on occasions. It doesn’t belong at school. Period. I’m currently trying to figure out how I can go about having smoking forbidden on, or near our campus. I want to be known as the teacher who took smoking away. It’s a serious distraction, and not always an obvious one. Kids constantly ask each other ewho has smokes?’ eDo you have a lighter?’ ‘I NEED a ciggarette!!!’, They spend about 45 minutes a day dealing with smoking in some aspect. That’s totally unacceptable in my book. It also promotes smoking to those who don’t smoke. I’ve seen several kids who DIDN’T smoke prior to coming to this school who ended up smoking as a way to fit in socially. That really can’t be what our educational system is pushing. I guess on the brighter side we can look at it as an aspect of ‘no child left behind’ our school does that no others do. We turn all our kids into smokers.

A trend I’ve started seeing the past couple years is an increased number of siblings of former students coming here. This says loads about what type of family life most of these kids come from. Every family has someone in their family who is a black sheep, or kind of falls farther away from the tree than the others. It’s common. When kids from the same family start showing up, it’s a poor reflection of their parents. I have two sons. If by some misfortune the oldest turns into a total goofball and goes out of control, you can bet I’ll do everything in my power to keep him from influencing his little brother from going the same route.

Parents, you are RESPONSIBLE for your kids, not me. If you don’t hug them, read to them, go places with them, pay attention to them, love them, discipline them, help them with their school work, and take an active part in their youth they WILL end up at my school, smoking doobies and cigarettes with the rest of the jarheads out on the corner. Kids don’t raise themselves. Trust me, I see it everyday.

On an interesting note. I heard several kids discussing the effects of hallucinogenic mushrooms on their eating habits this afternoon. Very enlightening stuff. I couldn’t really hear the conversation in detail… I was too busy trying to get them back in their seats, and back on task. Apparently the drugs also caused them to forget how loud they were talking, and that they were wandering aimlessly around my room.

It reminded me of the Will Ferrell sketch on SNL where he was the news reporter who couldn’t control the pitch and volume of his voice.





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  1. Eduardo permalink


    No Child Left Behind Without Marlboros

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