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Sublime to Ridiculous

I finally made it for a couple of hours to Nashville's most acclaimed public high School.  The job was for two hours to proctor/administer a test and that was the sole encounter I had with the kids.  They were largely white and some had personality, meaning humor, which is a sign of intelligence and also security in self.  That ended and I went to the "prison" school located a block from my home.  It is a place few subs go and now I don't even bother to speak or try it is that bad.

When I arrived the Teacher had not left yet so she left me lesson plans with work packets for the male cohort to do in the afternoon.  This middle school portion of this school is on the second floor with later start and dismissal times and it enabled me to do a double header and make a full day pay as I am taking Friday off.  There is no way I would work as a sub in a Nashville school the day before a holiday as the kids know its two weeks, no repurcussions and my experience tells me that kids sit on shit and will start the new year swinging, literally. 

The Teacher took two students with her to place in another class as one had assaulted her Teacher at the mainstream school she was at which is why she is placed at this alternative school. I want to point out this is a middle school student and she assaulted her Teacher, only once as she was clear to explain as if that justified her staying behind.  She spent the rest of the afternoon desperate to be in the boys room with us and I had to literally block her physically from entering.  I have never touched or laid hands on a kid in my life and yet in Nashville I am frequently finding myself physically being touched or having to remove children in the least physical manner possible from situations that could escalate. 

As for the other girl well she was just well weird if not possible mentally ill.  She greeted me when I walked in with "hey girl" which I promptly ignored (but throughout the afternoon when I opened the door to let kids in and out she was constantly in the hall and would say that)  and then proceeded to rant on, mock me, start inquiries about having kids and when I said no, asked if I was married.  She then got distracted and the mockery and the idiotic inquiries finally ended when they realized I had no interest in speaking to them other than collecting their work.  This girl also came back ran in and then promptly hid under a desk pulling a computer cart in front of her as if to hide.  And I simply showed him where she was when him to come and remove her.   So he extricates her from her "hiding" place and she then informed me that I was a terrible Teacher and not one who should be at this school.  I so wanted to agree with her.

This is the first school I have heard students brag about hitting Teachers and they are all girls. This is the school where a girl took a mock swing and nearly contacted me.  She had a history of violence against her previous Teacher.    The girls in Nashville and particularly black girls are deeply troubled young women.  I have a few encounters that have enabled me to not enter every encounter with black girls with suspicion but in all honesty the focus on black males have truly done a disservice to the female half of that equation.  It is clear to me that they need as much attention and focus on behavior, expectations and future success as the boys.

As for the boys, they seem to talk incessantly about sex and stealing.  That is one thing that all the schools have in common with the young men, the hyper sexuality.   I have been subjected to it from middle age through high school and it is not even remotely complimentary nor actually intentional.  I am a 57 year old white woman but I am not fat and I wear makeup and as I was told by a middle school boy, I wear too much makeup and have different hair but I am not that old looking.  Okay then. 

I have never been anywhere where appearance is so scrutinized and commented upon. It is bizarre if not off putting or discomforting in my life.  And it happens everywhere.  This again is a class and monetary obsession in the South that crosses race lines and gender.  It is everywhere and it is strange.

The end of the day of being there with kids for just over two hours is like being in prison. The kids constantly talk, largely gibberish, they opened the window and yelled to Teacher leaving, they go to the bathroom as if they have a kidney disease. These are locked and require an Administrator to take them so at times they realize even that escape plan is not quite the allure they thought.  Again this is something here that I have noticed with regards to the bathroom.  You saw that in Seattle to some degree but again here it is off the charts nuts.  The schools have them locked then they have allotted passes and they have endless bathroom breaks built in the schedules and yet it does not stop them.  I believe it is because everything here is so regulated and restricted this is their only opportunity for a moment of freedom. I also believe that is why they trash them as they are angry and this allows them a place to express that rage. 

Well they do in classrooms and halls as well.  Here are two stories from last spring with regards to assaults on Teachers in Nashville public schools

Mom Of First Grader Accused Of Assaulting East Nashville Teacher Speaks Out

Metro Police said a six year old beat her teacher with a chair and now the first grader faces five days suspension.
The incident happened at Caldwell Elementary in East Nashville.
FOX 17 spoke exclusively with the child's mother, who says the school isn't addressing the real issue.
A copy of the school referral obtained by FOX 17 hints that bullying may be to blame.
Metro Police showed up at the school Tuesday after the first grader attacking her teacher, according to a disciplinary report. The little girl, all of 40 pounds, got suspended for hitting and kicking teacher Joni Wells, throwing books and a chair at her, the report said.
The reported reason the girl acted out is that she got upset that children were looking at her.
The first grader's mother, Jessica Newbern, said she's been called up to the school many times because of her daughter's behavioral problems.
"Of course she is grounded, of course," Newbern said. "She comes home talking about being bullied and problems with the teacher and all of that. I am actually thinking that my daughter is acting out intentionally so she doesn't have to go to school, that's what I really think."
Newbern said her daughter doesn't have these problems at home and thinks something at school is setting her off.
Child Psychologist Leigh Van Horn said the child could very well be showing this extreme behavior as a reaction to bullying.
"She needs words, she needs to be able to identify and express her emotions, she needs to be able to say when she's feeling frustrated or when she's feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or scared," Van Horn said. "She needs better coping skills, she needs to know what to do instead."
The girl's mother said she's asked the principal and the school board to transfer her daughter to another class, but that has yet to happen.
Metro Schools denied a request for an interview but in a statement it said in part, "we take the safety of our students and staff very seriously, and aggression toward employees, no matter who is involved, will not be tolerated."
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Metro Police are investigating a situation at Caldwell Elementary School where a 6-year-old student allegedly beat up a 39-year-old teacher.
The child is accused of using a chair to beat the teacher and throwing books. The child allegedly hit the female teacher multiple times, injuring the teacher and resulting in back and shoulder pain. The teacher had to be transported for treatment.
Caldwell Elementary is located on Foster Street in Nashville. The school is in charge of disciplinary action as prosecutors say the child is too young to prosecute.
Metro Nashville Public Schools released the following statement in regards to the incident:
"There was an incident today at Caldwell Elementary School involving a child who became unruly and threw items at a teacher during a tantrum. The child was disciplined appropriately, though Federal privacy laws bar us from publicly stating what that discipline was. Metro Police officers were involved, and we thank them for their assistance. We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously, and aggression toward employees, no matter who is involved, will not be tolerated."

Teacher Suffers Concussion from Student Attack

Hunters Lane Teacher Assault
NASHVILLE, Tenn. A Hunters Lane High School student attacks a Metro teacher and its caught on camera. The 17-year-old is now charged with aggravated assault and the teacher is suffering from a concussion.
The largest teacher's union in Tennessee says school violence is making teaching an even more difficult job.
The attacked captured on camera by other students shows the student tackling the teacher and continuing to hit him while other teachers tried to take control.
"I've seen other assaults like that. I've seen videos like that and quite frankly I've been a witness to it," said Jim Wrye, the assistant executive director of the Tennessee Education Association.
Wrye says violence against teachers is on the rise.
"We see a lot more assaults on teachers and some of the injuries can be quite extensive or sometimes death," said Wrye.
In this case, the family of the 24-year-old teacher says he has a concussion. Police say his head hit the floor during the attack.
Metro schools says it cannot confirm that assaults are increasing. They are still looking at the numbers. The school district does say that all teachers will soon be getting trained to handle violence just like this. The district is bringing in a program called VITAL: Violence Intervention Techniques and Language. Teachers will learn how to verbally deescalate situations and how to restrain out-of-control students.
"Teachers are shaping the children," said Chase Phillips, a recent high school grad. "For kids to treat teachers like that, it's just wrong."
Some recent high school graduates say the problem nowadays is kids don't have respect.
"I'm part of this generation and they just don't respect authority as much as they should," said Jake Greer, who graduated from Johnson County High School in 2015.
Police say they charged the teen with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. That video captured by students has since been taken down from YouTube.

And this is another story about violence against Teachers.  I fear for my safety every time I walk into a school.  I have reason to.

The Ugly Facts About Student Violence Against Teachers

  As the new school year begins, you might like to be updated on some school happenings that will no doubt be repeated this academic year. After this update, I have some questions one might ask the black leadership.
The ongoing and escalating assault on primary- and secondary-school teachers is not a pretty sight. Holly Houston is a post-traumatic stress specialist. She counsels teachers in Chicago public schools and reported, “Of the teachers that I have counseled over the years who have been assaulted, 100 percent of them have satisfied diagnostic criteria for PTSD.” It’s not just big-city schoolteachers traumatized. Dr. Darlyne Nemeth, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said last year, “I have treated many teachers with PTSD, and I am currently following a few of them.”
A Philadelphia seventh-grade girl with a history of incidents against her teacher sprayed perfume in the teacher’s face after telling her that she smelled “like old white pussy.” After telling her classmates “I’m about to kick this bitch’s white ass,” she shoved the teacher, knocking her to the floor.
In 2014, a Philadelphia 68-year-old substitute teacher was knocked out cold by a student ( Earlier that year, two other teachers in the same school were assaulted. By the way, Philadelphia schools employ close to 400 school police officers.
In a school district near St. Louis, teachers have had pepper spray and dog repellant sprayed in their faces. A Baltimore teacher had his jaw broken. In Baltimore, each school day in 2010, an average of four teachers and staff were assaulted. A 325-pound high-school student in Houston knocked out his 66-year-old female teacher ( Nationally, an average of 1,175 teachers and staff were physically attacked each day of the 2011-12 school year.School violence is going to get worse. Last year, the Obama administration sent all the school districts in the country a letter warning them to avoid racial bias when suspending or expelling students. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan claimed that racial discrimination in the administration of discipline is “a real problem today. It’s not just an issue from 30 or 40 or 50 years ago.” Last year, in Washington, D.C., an official of a teachers union tried to explain to a national gathering of black elected officials why white teachers are so problematic for black students, saying they just do not understand black culture. Excuses and calls for leniency will embolden school thugs.
What about student conduct in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s? Don’t take my word. Ask black congressional representatives, 46 percent of whom were born in the ’20s, ’30s or ’40s. Start off with Reps. John Conyers (86), Charles Rangel (85), Eddie Bernice Johnson (79), Alcee Hastings (79) and Maxine Waters (77). Ask them whether their parents or kin would have tolerated their assaulting and cursing teachers or any other adult. Ask them what would have happened to them had they assaulted or cursed a teacher or adult. Ask whether their parents would have accepted the grossly disrespectful behavior seen among many black youngsters in public places — for example, using foul language and racial epithets. I’d bet the rent money that they won’t tell you that their parents would have called for a “timeout.” Instead, they will tell you that they would have felt pain in their hind parts. Then ask these leaders why today’s blacks should accept behavior that previous generations would not.
The sorry and tragic state of black education and its attendant problems will not be turned around until there’s a change in what’s acceptable behavior and what’s unacceptable behavior. That change must come from within the black community. By the way, it is an idiotic argument to suggest that white teachers are problematic for black students because they don’t know the culture. I’m nearly 80 years old, and during my North Philadelphia school years, in schools that were predominantly black, at best there may have been three black teachers.

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