Show Me the Way to The Door
The last day of school is fast approaching. As usual, teachers are exhausted (Students are too) and the last day of school cannot come fast enough. After a brief respite from the classroom, teachers will begin summertime training to prepare for the next year. Some teachers, however; will not be returning to the classroom. The increasingly unruly, violent and disruptive classrooms are prompting more teachers to say goodbye to teaching to salvage their mental and physical wellbeing.
An eye-opening news story found on the KHOU Channel 11 website out of Portland, Oregon shares the heartbreaking stories of teachers who have left the teaching profession because of the number of volatile students who make it impossible for them to teach. Titled “Classroom in Crisis,” the news piece shows a classroom in complete disarray with chairs and desks flipped over, papers and learning materials strewn everywhere and no one in class.
While many might believe this doesn’t happen in “good schools,” they are sadly mistaken. Children as young as kindergarten are stopping instruction on campuses across the nation. It is not unusual for students to regularly hit, kick or attack other students without consequence. Some students walk out of class at will ignoring adult requests to return to the room. The teacher is left with no choice but to call an administrator to retrieve the student while he or she attempts to continue to teach the remaining students.
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