Re: Advice on Quitting

    I teach at a ghetto school and it is tough, but the pay is good and the work
    day is 8:00 to 2:30. A student must miss more than 20 days to get a F in my
    class. "D" is my favorite grade. I honestly don't give a sh*t about my
    negro students as much as the black administrators who don't leave their
    office even there is a fight in the hallway and no security can be found. I
    am considered to be a good teacher. What a joke, When I tried to teach
    those kids I couldn't get myself out of trouble, Kids lied about me that I
    call them negers and I had several fact finding and unpleasant meeting with
    administrators, I was close to lose my job and my mind. It changed after
    teacher next door advised me; stop teaching and stop giving F's. What a
    magical advice!! My teaching changed, my life got easier, my evaluations got
    better, no unsatisfactory evaluations since. I keep following that magical
    advice. If you cannot handle it you shouldn't teach. This country keeps
    building prisons to be ready when time comes to transition the students from
    school to prison. The government spends $29K per inmate per year.

    On 8/24/10, 479 wrote:
    > On Quitting:
    > I taught middle-school Language Arts at a school in Florida.
    > The school (to me) was very nice and appeared to be in a very affluent
    > neighborhood. As you can imagine, I was a new teacher going through the
    > alternative licensing program. I'd been a journalist and marketing
    > copywriter and substitute teacher before. My "mentor" was never available
    > and even told me she'd only have 15 minutes per week, if that, to answer
    > questions. The school Principal and Asst. Principal both told me that it
    > was "sink or swim" and even used those words. I was given maybe two weeks
    > before the start of the school year to prepare.
    > I had a classroom with 30 chairs and 40 students. I had four classes with
    > special needs/ADD kids and one gifted program class. There were violent
    > fights constantly, with children literally pounding each other into
    > hamburger. I was told to never touch a child or say anything that could be
    > perceived as hurtful to a child and never raise my voice to any child, or
    > they're parents would try to sue me. I was told by another more
    > experienced teacher to never give detention because it would only piss
    > off parents; which turned out to be true. He told me to only give
    > homework on Fridays, and keep it multiple choice so it'd be easier to
    > grade. And he told me to never "rock the boat" or I would not get my
    > contract renewed the following year.
    > After almost a year at the school, I couldn't take it any more. I was
    > calling parents nightly and getting nowhere. I was giving homework
    > assignments that would never be returned to students completely
    > disinterested in the subject matter. My "mentor" was MIA whenever I went
    > looking for her and everyone else was gone the minute the final bell rang.
    > I went to the local teacher's union for help and was told that it was all
    > just too bad.
    > I quit after almost a year and never went back. I sent my key to the
    > Principal by UPS. And I was getting calls within weeks, asking me testify
    > in court cases against other teachers and regarding violent fights and
    > related incidents at the school for moths after I had left.
    > Now, I've been tooling around for years, going from one low-wage, low-
    > wattage, dead-end job after another. Copywriter, tutor, community college
    > administrator. None of them paid anything even approaching what I'd earned
    > as a teacher, sad to say, and none of them had decent benefits. Now,
    > although I know it will all happen again, I'm trying to get back into
    > teaching. I know the classrooms will be overcrowded and discipline will be
    > a huge issue and nobody will care or want to help. That's all a given.
    > But it's all I have at this point. Newspapers aren't hiring, ad agencies
    > only hire "impact players" who bring clients with them, and the other
    > jobs don't pay.....
    > So, yes you can just quit and turn your back and walk away. If you have
    > something else to go to in the worst job market in fifty years, in a
    > country where the worker is seen as a piece of garbage and schools are
    > seen as a necessary but pointless expenditure.