I realize I’m always writing about my work adventures but today…y’all today I just flat lined!!! I asked my students twice was it me? Are my expectations to high? I’m asking you if you think I’m stuck in old school discipline that just won’t work with kids today?
Seriously, when did it become ok to use profanity in front of an adult and dare them to correct the behavior? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cleared my throat when I heard a child curse like a drunken man. Instead of “excuse me Miss,” the student will look at me with a bewildered face and say "whaaaa." Umm not whaaaa boo but why. Why isn’t your vocabulary more so that you can use words more politely is what I’m usually thinking. Is it wrong that I sometimes just pretend not to hear it because it has become the norm in middle school?
And who decided that pulling on your pants all day, wearing a pencil behind your ear with an empty backpack was what made a guy cool in school? As much as I like the guys with a bad boy streak, well at least 98% of bad boy in them, I crushed on/dated the nerds (just didn't marry one). I was so not into guys who couldn't add without a calculator or read. Now our beautiful daughters gravitate towards them like bees to honey. Let us pray!!
I’m even beginning to see kids wear price tags on their clothes and shoes. Once again honey boo boo why?? We did this in the 90's and prefer that no one and we mean absolutely no one awakens this trend. Do the kids, hell the parents know their kid is classified by the government as a poor but rocking name brand with tags on it and not enrolled in advanced or honors courses???
Y’all I work in a broken system. The adults who fail to address the issues and set boundaries are teaching these same kids that there are will be no boundaries in their adult life. Something we all know just ain’t true. This burden feels like a brick around my neck and I’m trying to keep myself and the youth assigned to me from drowning. But what can one person do in this B I G ole fight? How can I ever make a difference when I’m one of the very few.
Do weigh in for those of you parenting or teaching and finding success. I’d love to read your thoughts & comments.