Teachers struggling with too little help

Henry Brown's guest commentary on Feb. 23 strikes a tone with me. It is a particularly deceptive and tragic tone, but one we have become accustomed to here in the Good Life City, where more than half the population lives off the rest who work for a living.

I was drawn to his article; "School visits are an eye opener," because I am particularly interested in that subject. Dr. Henry Brown is a graduate of Albany State University, a student of the language arts, and starts his second paragraph with the words, "I was appalled ..." I was momentarily stunned into thinking here I was finally going to get a perspective of truth, but that moment was instantly shattered as he went on to sing the praises of what I sense was a typical whirlwind whitewash tour of our school system, produced, fabricated, and directed by the front office administration, in conjunction with a few good students.

Henry, you used the correct word, appalled, and certainly your esteemed biography would suggest your consummate command over the power of words, but here, sir, you missed the boat. Synonyms for appalled are horrified, aghast, frightened, sickened, dismayed, etc. Instead, you went on to paint a picture of excellence and invite us to see for ourselves.

I am very familiar with some very good teachers in these schools, who are also appalled with the system. Every day they are assaulted with students that feel free to move about the room during class, talk during lectures, text on phones, make physically threatening gestures and say threatening things when asked to behave. They are subject to frequent outbreaks of fighting in the classroom and hallways.

Sadly, they have no recourse as God and discipline have been removed from the classroom and most homes; the students know it and rub it in their faces. Their only available option for discipline is to call the parents. Their administrative leadership has warned them not to seek aid from the front office, lest they are branded as bad teachers who cannot maintain discipline in the classroom. On top of this, they must put in several hours a day at home to complete their daily tasks for no pay, because eight hours is not enough to do what is demanded of them.

Henry, you did say our teachers need help and that we should volunteer. I agree with you. I have volunteered. I have firsthand experience. You also said you saw no room for improvement. No doubt the show was a stunning success, but by no means appalling.




waltspecht 3 years, 7 months ago

I have a small video camera that clips to my shirt pocket. This one is vox controlled. Same kind as used by the Police in a small town in Mississippi (I think, they got national noteriaty about them) Anyway they cost about $50 a piece when bought in bulk off the Internet. If they won't put cameras in the classrooms, how about these units for the Teachers? That way it would be documented once and for all which group is lying, the Teachers or the Administrators. Now I doubt we would ever see this happen, but something needs to be done. When I worked for the Technical College, I got to go into these Schools to both talk to and test, and even teach some of these students. Now I will freely admit there are good students. I will also admitt I have been wittness to a Father telling his son to go back to school and knock the *&^ out of the Teacher that sent him home. I have seen Mothers come in irate because their daughter was sent home due tio the way they were dressed. (Sort of like street walkers if you want my opinion) I have seen lunch room fights, and the mess the floor of the lunchroom becomes because some don't seem to know what trash cans are for. When will we learn that we may have to sacrafice the few for the good of the many. Throw the disruptable out of school and assign them to work details until they decide to straighten up. Ban them from a ten block radius of any school to assure they don't intimidate any students. Quit allowing them to play the tough Gangsta by introducing them to some real tough folks, not councelors.


Justice4Moma 3 years, 7 months ago

I have to agree with you on this one.


coachjohnson42 3 years, 7 months ago

I have never understood the logic of NOT putting cameras in the classroom. Why not? What is the problem? Cameras are in the halls, but not in the rooms. I think cameras (equipped with microphones) could change the way discipline can be dealt with in the school system. Teachers could be monitored as well as the students. Its a win win on both ends......When parents come to school complaining about the teacher, the tape can be played back. ....When a teacher complains about a student being disruptive, the tape can be played back......win win...... so, whats the problem?


Citizen_A 3 years, 7 months ago

They have them on buses...why not classrooms? My father is a bus driver in another county, and anytime he has to refer a student he has to take the tape with him. A camera in the classroom should shut up those parents who think their kids can do no wrong, and back up the teachers and school system.


Shinedownfan 3 years, 7 months ago

Walt, this is a great idea! Instead of paying $600+ per student for an ipad, how about paying $50 for a camera for each teacher. I bet most students straighten up right away. A few years back I was pulled-over by a cop who had a camera clipped to his shirt. I didnt pull any of my usual "get outta the ticket" stuff when I saw it. :)


whattheheck 3 years, 7 months ago

Cameras sound like a good suggestion to me. If the administration won't handle the discipline problem, record the events and force the issue. I have heard for years from those on the"front lines" that events described by Tambroni do occur with regularity. If we can't take control of the classroom, get those who are the problem out of the system and let them prepare for their next career phase--incarceration. One who is not interested in learning doesn't.


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