The Rearview Mirror
Aretha Franklin sang about it. We were taught it from early childhood on. Children were told to respect our parents, our teachers, the police; in fact, all adults and even each other. Sass wasn’t tolerated at home or in school. I have to ask: What has happened?
I retired from teaching fourteen years ago. When I see how bad things have gotten, I just thank my lucky stars every day that I got out when I did. Of course, there were always a few students with attitudes who resented being told what to do or not to do, who delighted in disrupting class, and tried to see how far they could push the envelope. Fortunately I taught in small schools, the size of Corning or smaller, where such behavior wasn’t tolerated. I hear about the problems in these huge area schools, ranging from blatant disrespect, to violence toward teachers and other students, to marijuana use in the restroom, and I wonder how anyone can face going into the classroom day after day. These teachers deserve combat pay.
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