by Russell | November 26, 2017 1:33 am
Teachers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania have had enough of the abuse they are receiving from the students and are now quitting in droves. Several violent eruptions have occurred at Harrisburg public schools and teachers no longer feel safe at their jobs. Hostile work environment indeed.
The Harrisburg Education Association reported that at least 45 teachers have resigned between July and October of this year. Jody Barksdale, the Association President, mentioned that some more have quit since the end of October.
Teachers have reported being kicked and hit by students as young as seven years-old. Amanda Sheaffer said the first graders are out of control in her classroom.
“I have been hit, I have been kicked, I have been restrained from behind where I’ve been unable to move my arms,” she said. “It really throws off the whole day. I mean, you have an incident happen and you have to do a room clear, get all the students out, and then after that you have to take the time to do the write-up, and you have to make sure security comes and gets the kids.”
Barksdale said the Association is outraged and they are demanding that a united front of teachers, administrators and parents tackle the problem head on, no pun intended.
The government, surprise. surprise, denies anything is wrong. Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney said the district needs to look at a “different type of support that is needed.”
“We aren’t complaining. We are here begging for help so that we can help those students,” Barksdale said.
She pleaded with the board in January, begging them for change, but says that “not much” has changed since then.
“Teachers and students are being hit, kicked, slapped, scratched, cussed at…. and observing other students flip over tables, desks and chairs,” she said.
“Once we meet and find out that there are needs that we need to have serviced, that means it’s going to take parent involvement to make that happen,” Knight-Burney responded.
Sheaffer hasn’t considered quitting yet. What an upstanding citizen. But it may all be in vain. “I try to see the good, and think that these students and kids need me, and I’m trying to do something positive and different,” she said.
In a written statement about the resignations, the district said:
“We currently have 38 professional job vacancies as a result of resignations due to a host of reasons and retirements. Urban education is fraught with challenges, opportunities and experiences. The administration of the Harrisburg School District is dedicated and working extremely hard, providing year-long educator development and teacher mentoring programs.”
So “urban” education means black people right? Is this some low key racism here? Obviously, the kids need to learn this is wrong while they are in the home. Parents can’t expect the kids to raise themselves or have the schools discipline them. There would be too many lawsuits from the same kind of people who don’t discipline their children if a teacher even tried to attempt some kind of punishment on their precious Precious, Jennifer, or Lebrondavius. But sure, blame it on “urban” education.
Harrisburg PA public school demographics are public. Go take a look https://t.co/vaSahYhH3J
— ✝️ MERRY CHRISTMAS ✝️ Charles Neely ???????? (@HandRubbing) November 23, 2017
What can you expect when we are no longer educating our kids in schools? They are glorified daycares and indoctrination centers. Let’s start more charter schools and end the Department of Education. Better yet, let’s dismantle the entire federal government and let communities decide on how they want to educate their youth. It’s better than the school-to-prison pipeline that exists now in a lot of places in our country.
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