Getting students out of the halls and into the classrooms

Whats your take on this commentary?

Getting students out of the halls and into the classrooms

Here are some responses from Prince George’s County teachers; one a teacher from Duval

 Teacher 1

Teacher 2


5 Responses

  1. How stereotypical. Yes, there is a problem with students disconnecting from school (or learning rather). Although, what an assumption to take as to what David does or does not know outside of her English class. Maybe her teaching machanisms are the fault. As one student said “My classes are boring and dull, as usual…”

  2. Puuuleeeaaasssssse, stop making excuses for the “David’s” many of us are not raising. Though she was a bit acerbic, she wrote about what she sees in her school. I see “David’s” everyday getting off of the bus with nary a book but with the latest fashions and the freshest cornrows. I see “David’s” walking the streets nightly when they should be home doing homework or studying. What exactly is “David” who doesn’t go to class or hell even school going to offer us as a society? I do realize that “David” could turn it all around with some motivation but the classroom isn’t the first place for that. Motivation should be coming from “David’s” home and parents. So what, she called like she saw it, did she lie? I want the “David’s” of the world to prove this teacher wrong but what are the chances of that happening?

  3. I offered no excuses.
    However, for a proper debate, there must be two equi-polar views. “David” can’t speak for himself in this instance, therefore I will not shift all blame on him or his parents.

    Each student is different. I’ve done things like this, too… drifted off in one class, walked out of some, and sat attentively -with my back straight in others. So now, a question should be raised about the difference of each class that would cause their own particular result.
    There are so many variables in this matter that a concrete conclusion can not be made. Peace.

  4. Wow. Where do I begin?

    The title of the article was “Getting students out of the halls and into the classrooms,” but look at the teacher’s mindset…

    “I move toward David, wanting to hurt him for his need for confrontation and attention, wishing in some hidden, unspeakable, unteacher-like part of brain, I had a baseball bat, a pickax or an AK-47.”

    Youth are from a “separate tribe.”

    David is “‘useless’ in almost every way.”

    Would you want your child in this teacher’s class? I’ve worked with youth of all ages and backgrounds, including those in and out of the juvenile justice system and I’ve never thought of them in such a way.

    Hey teacher!: I don’t know “David” personally or what his circumstances are, but I’d guess one reason he’s not in the classroom is to get away from your crazy behind! Don’t you think he can SENSE your disdain for him?

    Now don’t get me wrong. I understand how the pressure of having difficult students can be downright frustrating. And by the 11th grade a young adult is old enough to take more responsibility for their actions. But if you’re at the point where you’ve got images of lethal weaponry floating around in your head instead of more constructive and productive ways to reach your students IT’S TIME TO CHANGE PROFESSIONS!

    This is not just about “David’s choice,” it’s about the teacher’s choice.

    If your students are writing mostly about “Friends and lovers found and lost, verbal and physical fights won or lost, and professional football/basketball occupied my English students’ attention during the course of their day,” THEY’RE TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. Duh!!!! This is what their life is as they see it. Yes, this is what matters to them whether in your judgment it should be a priority in their lives or not. If you call yourself an English or writing teacher, why didn’t you make the CHOICE to try and build of off the themes they wrote about and introduce them to writing that speaks to their experience. A skilled educator can do that. I don’t care if it’s Shakespeare (who it turns out wrote a number of sonnets to a “dark lady,” sonnet #127 being my favorite; he also has a plethora of “friend and lover” based themes in his work) or bringing Sister Souljah’s “The Coldest Winter Ever” to class, do SOMETHING.

    Yes, some PARENTS need to stop frontin’ and raise their own dang children, but sadly, this article teaches us that there are still some screwed up teachers out there that keep the students in the hall, too.

  5. “…if you’re at the point where you’ve got images of lethal weaponry floating around in your head …IT’S TIME TO CHANGE PROFESSIONS!”

    I cosign completely. Some people were never meant to teach.

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