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why the rats are leaving
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Aaron and Jennifer
Sat, 27 Nov 1999 13:50:52 -0500
I guess I should have explained a little more about my situation. I
really don't want to go into a lot of detail. Overall, our district has a
poor graduation rate. I think that an outsider can get a feel for a school
system by looking at the graduation rate. Close to or below fifty percent I
consider to be a poor graduation rate. In regards to my particluar building,
there are so many disrepairs, we only picked the "big ones" when we started
to file our grievances. It was pretty tough. What do you consider
important - lack of heat, unsafe windows, leaky roof? (no sinks in the art
room?) But we did.
Many people mentioned not listening to gossip. I completely agree.
However, there is a difference between gossip and the truth. I don't take
the gossip to heart. When it comes from the horse's mouth, I generally put a
little more value in to it. Also, our staff is very small. We have eight
teachers in our building including me.
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately, reflecting on earlier posts.
The main issue is the community, in my opinion. Until the community decides
education is important, things will change. School boards cannot do it
alone. Police departments and truant officiers cannot do it. Teachers really
cannot do it by themselves. It has to be a focus of all individuals, or at
least a majority.
I appreciate all the advice I have received so far. I enjoy my students.
I feel I have a decent repore with them, and some of their parents. Awhile
ago, I decided to shut the door and leave the problems on the other side. I
am confident what I am doing is right and sound. I am not up for ridicule at
the moment from the adminstration (who is?), so I vent for awhile about how
silly their gripes are. It helps me blow off steam.
Unfortunately, the problems are starting to seep under the door. With an
unstable staff, students feel the instability. In my opinion, that causes
students to act out and not focus on their school work. (I guess it is that
whole "safe learning environment" thing.) Our students need something stable
in their lives. They never know when the police will burst into their homes
and send their mom or dad to prison. (A very real situation for many of our
I am beginning to ramble. I apologize. I sincerely appreciate the
support I have received on this topic. I will try my best to heed your
words. Never know, maybe the district will make me superintendent! :)
Jennifer in Michigan
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