Part of their culture???
Teachers are leaving in droves--I think around 30 left at the end of this past school year from one school alone. THIRTY. Yet, the district has the audacity to blame the surrounding charter schools for "stealing" their students. They also blame a middle school teacher (one who left her position the day after this transpired) of being assaulted by students because she was using her authority as a teacher to demand these students get to their classroom. The administration is putting the lie out there that she "started it". She says the whole thing was on video (school has cameras), but that the administration has somehow "lost" it. How conveeeeenient. I remember when it happened, and I remember clearly the first accounts all supported her. Strangely <sarc>, since she decided to speak of what is happening in the school, she is now being maligned and essentially called a liar. The Teacher's Union told her that she is basically being a troublemaker. Big surprise there. Apparently, you can be assaulted by students--shoving you and pulling your hair until a fellow teacher intervenes, but you cannot assert your authority over same students because that is instigating an assault. Really? She is at fault because she told these brats to stop messing around in the hallway and get to class? Truth be told, most teachers are afraid of the students, and the students know it.
Then there is a gym teacher at one of our high schools, who was approached by the principal. What were her expectations for students (and she specified a certain race) to get a passing grade? She responded that she really didn't have "high" expectations. They were rather simple. 1. Come to class; 2. Be on time; 3. Don't disrupt the class; and 4. At least marginally participate in class. The principal said to her, "Do you think you could maybe relax some of those requirements?" Wait, what? Is THAT not racisim? When she told this story to a select few, everyone just hung their head in defeat. How can they help these kids be successful, when the policy is to encourage laziness, lack of respect, and lack of self-control?