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Re: Student's behavior bother you?

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Wed, 9 Dec 1998 19:37:38 EST

I deal with a variety of bad to serious student behavior daily in the Chicago
Public Schools where I teach art. Yeah, there is some publicity lately about
how Chicago's schools are changing, but there still remains unbelieveable
problems. Here's an example: One of my students-named Diontae--(5th grade)
does the most OUTRAGEOUS stuff to get noticed, and I won't go into detail
because most of his behavior is really gross, so Diontae gets suspended,
Diontae goes to the disciplinarian, Diontae gets calls home by teachers,
principals, security guards in our school, etc. etc. etc. Well, the truth of
the matter is that Diontae witnessed the murder of his mother by his father's
hand- --and he was in the third grade--It is still fresh in his mind. He
wasn't a baby when it happened. He remembers.
I have students who were born to hookers. I have students who are the
products of incest. I have students who don't know their father or whose
father are in jail ----or mother's in jail. There are so many foster kids in
my school, I have lost count. One of my students has been in close to four
foster homes--since September!! One of my white students was recently adopted
by a black (and beautiful) foster mom. I could go on and on. What was the
subject again? Behavior?!?
P.S. ...And I didn't even go into detail when I worked in a high school in
Chicago's West Side awhile back, and the students set fire to the Principal.
Needless to say, I opted for a transfer.