Friday, January 28, 2005

What's the Matter with Kids Today ?????

The moon is full, the weather in Houston has been most changeable and the kids at school off the wall and round the bend....

The offerings from the last two days.

Two 5th grade girls get into a fight.
The reason?
"She got in my face and called me M*Y(*Y* F)*&*^*& HO".
These girls are 10.

6 year old kindergarten boy sent is sent to the office for constant mouth noises, talking, removing clothes, rolling on the floor and a multitude of other very anonying behaviors. He walks in and announces "Suspend me, I want to go home!".

Mother says he always behaves at home and she can't imagine what the problem is.
This is the child's second school and he has already failed kindergarten once. It would be twice but that's against the district policy. Our first grade teachers are lobbying to change that.

Kindergarten girl who badly needs behavioral drugs (and counseling) lies on floor and flings her legs wide apart. Her parents are religious fundamentalists and won't dress her in pants, nor allow her to wear shorts under her dress. The entire school is familar with her underwear, which is usually in need of washing. A classmate throws himself on top of her and gives a very creditable imitation of sexual intercourse, 5 year old style. We suspect his parents have the Playboy Channel on 24/7.

Girls parents withdraw her - it is suspected that they are running from Child Protective Services. Boy remains at our school, where he will most likely repeat kindergarten this year.
The kindergarten teaches are lobbying for a rule outlawing retention in kindergarten.

Twp 5th grade boys punch each other because "he was messin with me". "Messin with me" can constitute anything from an accidental shove to a sneering look.

The library is right across the hall from the Assistant Principals office and during weeks like this we are the holding pen for the overflow.

I came home feeling very old and cycnical and went straight to the bookshelf for my copy Those Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The children were all so respectful of her when she taught, though she was the same age as some of them.

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It's Friday and once again time to go pack books.....


Pigs said...

Oh my gosh! I've taught there! Well, not there, but you know. I just wrote a post about how incentive pay is going to hurt schools like yours. Check it out. And thanks for the comment! :o)

Mamacita said...

I hear you! I've been there! I've seen it with my own eyes. And it seems like the worse the kid, the more the parents deny it's happening. Oh, and I LOVE all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I have them all, and every biography of her that I could find. Keep on keeping on, that's all we can do in the schools these days.