That friend I mentioned says her job reminds her of a joke from M*A*S*H, where "Radar" has to fill out a requistion form for more requisition forms...
Judging by the state of my own room and papers, I don't think I could handle that part alone.
My kids had some bad teachers too. With one guy, I totally dropped the ball, too. I had dismissed my son's complaints with a lecture.
"School is more than books and tests. You need to learn how to get along with people that you can't stand sometimes."
I told him that it was just for one year. That when he grew up and got a job, he might have to put up with such a person for YEARS, and act grateful for the privelage too.
Well I was wrong. That situation escalated to such a series of mishaps, and my son is paying the cost of having to make up time in his senior year.
I very much regret not stepping in. I regret not pressing charges.
That man is still teaching.
Just know that I'm not attempting to speak for everyone. I did talk to my friend about this though. (I once went to court with her because she was spat on by a student.)
I know it's rough out there.
But like she said, every year is a different experience, and 'round about this time of year, everybody is edgy. I was thinking that things were so different these days in comparison to when I went to school, but I was looking through my deceased sister's yearbook, and yep, the styles are different and the kids looked more like KIDS, but one caption startled me.
The picture showed a group of happy kids, grinning from ear to ear, walking down the steps of the same high school my kids attend now. Underneath the photo, the text was..and I'm paraphrasing because I don't feel like looking for it,
"The kids manage to salvage a day of fun after a bomb scare."
The year was 1967.
So? I don't know the answer. More money? I'm sure that would help, but the people I know who teach don't do it for the money.
It takes a special quality to be a teacher.
More parental involvement? My friend says she's not so sure about that either. Some of these kids are parents.
Standardized schools and more government scrutiny? Um, how many more forms do we need?
I'm just suggesting to parents out there, that if you want your child to receive an education, take it upon yourself to give 'em one. It's not somebody else's job.