On March 1, 2007, Philadelphia public school teacher Joseph Smith was assaulted by a student. This is not unusual. According to Bill O’Reilly, a recent survey showed that 56% of Philadelphia school teachers don’t feel safe at school and 42% of TEACHERS were victims of crime on school grounds.
I’ve Youtubed the interview between Smith and O’Reilly.
O’Reilly asked Smith if the school system was out of control. Smith said it is not out of control, as in the school administration is not out of control, but he said there are bad parents making the job terribly hard for teachers. Remember this, when you see people crying about the quality of education in inner city schools. Usually, they don’t tell you about all the mess a teacher there has to deal with. There are always claims that they need “better” teachers. What teacher in their right mind with enough leverage to work elsewhere would willingly work under such conditions? Most of you reading this would not work in an environment where most of your co-workers and maybe you yourself did not feel safe. I’ve pointed out before how teachers with the most experience and opportunities to leave such conditions RUN and I don’t blame a single one that leaves.
Smith was assaulted by an 8th grade student and the student only received a 10 day suspension. He was hit with a telephone across his head by a female student, that left his eye swollen shut! They should have tossed her out of school. She’s forfeited her access to a publicly funded education. Her parents should have to pay, out of their own pockets for her to be educated at a night school.
The rules in Philadelphia mandate that all kids, even special needs remain in “general population” and never be separated from other kids. So the kid that assaulted him was able to go back to regular classes.
There have been almost 500 teacher assaults in Philadelphia this year alone, SO FAR!!!
Folks, some children are going to have to be left behind. Kids beating up teachers should not be put back in the regular classroom setting and should be separated, as an example for others. Their parents should have to fund their education from that point forward.
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