Sunday, October 10, 2010

When You Think You Have It Bad

It could be worse.

This was one of the high schools, that along with the one Dr. Mad Scientist is at now, had nearly all the teachers fired/reassigned due to poor performance.

Thank god he ended up where he did. Although a lot of what they describe in this article isn't too unfamiliar (the scheduling problems specifically). I'm also a little bit paranoid for Dr. Mad Scientist. His room still doesn't have a working lock on his classroom door so shit like this could easily go down in his room when he's not there.

He's already had stuff stolen from his classroom (partially his own fault for trusting in his fellow humans to do the right thing and respect another person's property), but it could be worse.

I could write volumes on what I think about this disparity in urban v. suburban schools, but it's all been said before.

I think Dr. Mad Scientist summed it up nicely when he had finished subbing for a class last spring at the high school in the town where we live (only a mere 7 miles from Newark).

He said after listening to them complain all day about what they didn't have in the midst of all the sparkling facilities and resources they DID have, he wanted to smack them.

How easy to forget that it could always be worse.

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Blogger Crafty Christina said...

So so true! I'm grateful for the great teachers here who care about the kids, despite the budget issues that are plaguing NJ schools now. Also, if someone is low enough to steal supplies from teachers, that is just SAD!

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well....I think I have a box of mags to send Dr MS's way. Some are a few years old so the info in them might be outdated, but it would be a good way to show the kids how things have and do change.

As for urban vs suburban schools it is NOT always the teachers! To get a child to learn you have to have the parents on the side of learning. In the urban homes you have both parents coming home from jobs where they deal with crazy bosses/companies and crazy cutomers, and are so burned out that they cannot deal with their kids education. Both having jobs is not a thing of want but a thing of need, they both have to work to put food on the table, clothes on their backs, and have a place to sleep. Not to include health insurance. In the suburban schools one parent usually stays home with the kids and watches over their education. Dr. MS has his task cut out for him! Love, Mom

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10:47 PM  
Blogger Laura said...


Good post, you're right on the mark. It's a shame that Dr. M.S. has had some of this stuff stolen!

A few of my relatives went (briefly) to Cleveland Public schools, and the conditions in these schools were horrendous, especially compared to the Catholic schools they had previously gone to. I give the teachers who work in those schools a lot of credit.

My brother's stepkids went to inner city Cleveland public schools (before he married their mom, and they were able to move to the suburbs), and it made me sad to hear my 12 year old talk about having to go through a metal detector manned by an armed guard every morning at her previous elementary school. Just like a prison. No kid should have to attend a school like that.

I'm profoundly thankful every day for the financial assistance my kids have been given to attend the good, safe, well-funded private schools they attend, especially my daughter, who I know with a learning disability and other issues would be lost and overlooked in a big, urban public school.

10:49 PM  

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