Friday, January 17, 2014
Low Pants And Disrespect Equals Low Expectations - School #13
My journey seems to have me traveling in Southern Queens during the first semester of the school year as I landed in my first small school in a Campus that used to be named for a dead President. The school doesn't have a freshman class and many of the teachers are ATRs that have been temporarily placed at the school. What happened to the teaching staff that was there before? It seems many left either by resignation or transfer. In other words, the staff is simply a place holder until the school; closes three years down the road. School morale is bad, real bad. Interestingly, the new school that will replace this school had a tremendous shortfall of applicants for its freshman class and is worried about surviving.
The student body is over 90% Black and the Administration doesn't even bother to tell the boys to pull up their pants, take off their hats, and to stop disrespecting the staff. Cursing and bullying is common at the school and the girls are just as bad as the boys. In one case I saw a girl grab a boy's privates and wouldn't let go until the boy apologized for calling her a "bitch". Few of the students care to get good grades, "just give me my 65" is what the common statement is when asked why they don't do their school work a teacher told me. I really feel sorry for the few students that try, they stand out like little beacon of lights in an environment of darkness. The majority of students don't seem to care and try every conceivable way to leave the classroom.
The only good thing is that there is plenty of parking around the school and is easy to get to. However, unmotivated students, a demoralized and temporary staff, an uncaring administration, and a sense of doom permeates the school and while I was treated well, I certainly wouldn't want a position there under any circumstances.