posted on Apr, 26 2016 @ 03:03 PM
This is slightly ranting, but I'd like to hear some opinions and experiences from other members and discuss.
Full disclosure: I'm pregnant with my first child and I realize I've been over thinking any kind of information that might relate to parenting
decisions I may have to make in the future. This is a personal anecdote, so of course I don't know how widely this problem spreads.
To begin: We have new neighbours, a couple in their early 30's who just moved to our very small town from Vancouver. When I came home today, they
walked by, said hello and we ended up on their deck for a drink. I can't drink, but I also haven't told anyone I'm pregnant yet. I think my
decline of alcohol put them on edge a little, social customs, etc.
We got to talking. Her husband is in advertising. She is a substitute teacher. I inquired if she had many jobs here yet, as I know a few other young
teachers she might network with. We got on the topic of why she became a teacher, etc. The more she talked, the more I wanted to leave.
Some points from her conversation:
She only substitutes because she "hates kids and would eventually want to, like, murder them."
If she is at a school very long she, "makes friends with all the popular kids and like, talks to them about partying in Vancouver and drinking and
pot and stuff. They're going to do it anyways."
She hates teaching Science/Math/History because, "f-ing smart kids ruin it for everyone. I'm trying to have a conversation about my opinions on
something and they're, like, correcting me. I just tell them to save it for real teachers."
I kind of get where she's coming from. I'm not the kind of person who could be a teacher...so I'm not a teacher. I'm kind of saddened that kids
in our school district, which is all ready under funded and under staffed, would have to put up with substitutes like this.
Some kids would love it! Of course; but, for kids who are trying their best in school and have a dream to be educated, it would be a sad day to walk
into this woman's classroom.
I told her as much, because my filter is at an all time low, and let's say we probably won't be fence friends.
What does everyone think? What are your kids substitutes like? Do you know teachers who just should not be shaping the minds of youth?