Re: db77 has absolutely and completely summed up teaching
in Kentucky in five paragraphs! by Too old to quit now

    I completely agree with both Tom and db77. Teaching in KY is
    horrible. Teachers are buying time to retire early because it's so
    bad. Many teachers are just quitting after teaching only two or
    three years. We've had five new teachers quit teaching at our
    school within the last two years. Several have gone to work at a
    local factory or Wal-Mart. Read every word from db77 below and
    take it for the truth. She (or he) is right on the money.
    On 7/23/04, db77 wrote:
    > I completely agree with Tom. I moved here from the Midwest
    > three years ago and wound up working in the public schools of
    > Louisville, KY. The first school I worked at had 93&37; poverty
    > rate. The second school I worked at had 76&37;. These
    > make it very difficult to teach. The schools with lower poverty
    > rates have very long waiting lists for transfers. The testing
    > is ridiculous. As Tom said, parents and students are not held
    > accountable and teachers and administrators are faced with
    > getting degrading labels and of having their schools restaffed,
    > not getting money, etc., if the students are not "proficient."
    > Proficient is ridiculous since some of my fourth grade students
    > couldn't read on kindergarten levels. Yet I was supposed to
    > move them to proficiency in a years time?! To qualify for LD
    > the requirements are so ridiculously low that hardly any kids
    > qualify and the ones that do don't get the help they need.
    > Retaining kids rarely happens so kids just keep getting passed
    > along that can't read or write. Also, the mobility rate is
    > extremely high, at least where I worked, and by fourth grade
    > many students have been to more than four schools, some upwards
    > of eight...
    > Most of the children are disrespectful and apathetic to their
    > education primarily because their parents are the same way.
    > Every other day it seemed a parent was in the school cussing out
    > one or more teachers for things they should have been yelling at
    > their kids for and making them accept responsibility for their
    > actions. Parents seem really eager to sue and try and press
    > charges over nothing.
    > My experience has been so bad that after only three years of
    > teaching and at the age of 27, I resigned. I was getting no joy
    > out of the work. It is heartbreaking to see what these kids go
    > through, to see how little they care about their lives and of
    > taking charge of them, and it became too much to deal with....
    > the rude parents, the terrible behaviors, and the overall apathy
    > of the students.
    > If you move here, you will see an overwhelming number of fourth
    > grade openings. Don't take one! You will be required to have
    > each student write a huge writing portfolio, your students will
    > be tested in science, reading, math, and on-demand writing on
    > top of the portfolio. Too much work for both the kids and the
    > teacher. Especially the teacher. There has been a mass exodus
    > of fourth and fifth grade teachers because of testing demands.
    > My second school was in a nicer neighborhood than the first, but
    > the kids were bussed in from the neighborhood I first worked
    > in. Kids ride the bus for 30 - 45 minutes, getting in trouble
    > by throwing things out the bus windows and breaking
    > windshields... Since we have so much bussing, parents are not
    > involved because we don't have neighborhood schools and they
    > have no transportation or don't want to drive across town...
    > Something needs to drastically be done to change this school
    > system. It is spirally out of control, in my opinion. Of
    > course, this is just my experience. I hope I helped.