posted on Jan, 16 2011 @ 10:38 AM
There could be a whole website started to log teacher complaints. I worked in Philadelphia as a teacher until recently. Its not just the parents here
in Philly. Don't get me wrong ,they are definitely a problem but get this... the day I quit:
I taught 8th grade mathematics in a K-8 school
11:00 - picking up the class I dropped off at gym 45 min earlier. While walking past my wife's classroom (she is the Art technology teacher), a boy
who is the worst behavior problem in the school, left the line and got himself lost in a huge group of students in front of her room. I see him come
up behind my wife, put his hands around her neck in a hug like manner, and then slid his hands toward her boobs. I was only a few feet away, grabbed
him by the wrist, pushed him away from her and said " you never put your hands on my wife " and went to walk away before I exploded in anger. The
whole time he had the most sadistic evil smile on his face.
a minute and half later.... he shoulder checked me to my back as I was escorting the class.
11-11:45 - He has a Theraputic Support Specialist (TSS) who is supposed to be with him at all times to keep him from doing these things. Well two of
them appear in my class to sit with him. The whole class period he's yelling that he's going to kill me, beat me up, and all kinds of horrible
12:30pm - I write everything down on a pink slip and take it to the acting principle (the usual one is out sick for weeks now, probably just looking
for another job). I explain what happened with my wife, the shoulder check, the threats. He says "give it to the disciplinarian."
I replied " I know this is your first day here sir, but our disciplinarian is a 75 year old retired woman who is a volunteer reading specialist (she
taught for 60 years) and she's not even here today. I think this is a serious situation which requires immediate attention"
I get back " did you hear what I said !!!!! put it in her box! "
I got yelled at for asking for help.
2:00pm - I have to teach a 25 min corrective reading class (yes I am a math teacher). The same kid should be in this class. I look out in the hall to
check for late comers before I close the door and I see said kid, dragging a girl by her ankles down the hallway. Not being allowed to leave my
classroom unattended (immediate firing offense) I called the office and said "guess who is dragging a girl down the hallway by her ankles." The
secretary tells me principle is already on his way up.
The principle brings the kid to my class without the TSS workers and tells him to enter the class and sit down. I immediately objected and asked
politely "where is his TSS?"
"well I do not think its a good idea for him to be in here without any supervision given the threats and his behavior today so I really do not want
him in here"
(yelling at me in front of my students) "Do you know who I am??? I am a former superintendent!! Now get in there and do your damn job!!!!"
I reached into my pocket, pulled out my keys to my class and building, tossed them to him and said "screw this, you teach them... this is some kind
of joke.. no wonder these kids are so unruly, people like you"
I turned to the class and apologized that they had to see this. Explained to them the reason they can't have good teachers is people like "that
man" (while pointing at the principle)
I had a great relationship with 95% of my students. They are still asking about me and hate their new math teacher who they tell my wife knows
Our future is in trouble, I am not the only teacher things like this have happened to.