Right now at this "school" a kid is sleeping at his computer, the other is rapping vulgar lyrics to the screen and talking on the phone, ah yes the sweet bird of youth.
This is an ALE, alternative learning environment school. They are set up for kids at risk who have been kicked out, withdrawn or at risk of dropping out so this is the last chance saloon. The reality is that they are dumping grounds spread out across the district and while they have supposed focus and purpose, they use online learning with some fake social work taught by unlicensed professionals to supposedly help the kids get on the right track. Two of them murdered a homeless man a few weeks ago, and when kids are killed in the same type violence the school quickly takes ownership of them but when they are the perpetrators they are never mentioned. So much for actually admitting that you failed them and learning as to how not to.
I just met a first year Teacher who got his degree to teach in the same way, his BA however is in applied Physics and Math but he felt that he wanted to Teach and teach kids who were "troubled" as he too had similar issues when he was a kid.. over a decade ago. What I told him that was then, this is now and that you are not them, and you cannot compensate make up or change what life dealt them, you can however teach them an amazing skill set and knowledge that could be useful for them and in turn find work and perhaps a career where that would be of import. He realizes that he is babysitting them and he is frustrated, afraid and confused. Ah the sweet bird of youth and the trials of a first year Teacher.
That first year is appalling and without appropriate mentors and support you will be as misguided, angry and confused as he is. I feel bad for him and know that he has no idea what he is doing but thankfully the damage he is causing through bad teaching is minimal. If he was in a mainstream school he would be eaten alive. But the reality is that most Teachers in public education are it is swimming in the Amazon with the Piranhas biting you on the ass.
He wanted 'dirt" on their Principal, a bitch whom I have known for decades and her path across the district is quite wide. I said honey at this point it is a matter of public record and it is not my job to "teach" you. I said that I only want to Teach, not kids of a certain "kind" but just kids but I only want to teach English and History. As for your problems here there is one solution, leave. There are more than ample jobs for those with your skill set and if you want to be a Teacher, then be one.
I am not interested in making it more than a learning experience about the subject, the curriculum, I am not paid to be a Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor or friend, I am a Teacher. You cannot be a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None. You need your own mentors and master teachers who can help you excel as a Teacher and in turn your students will excel with that and that is where the idea of being a good teacher of any "kind" of kid matters. The second you have to distinguish and segregate kids into types you are doing just that segregating them and in turn excusing them from what your job should be preparing them for real life in the real world. Poverty is a much bigger problem than a 43K year Teacher is to overcome in 50 minutes of a Math class. If you want to teach, teach if you want to mentor, mentor but if you want to both you need to do it elsewhere as this not the place for that.
So when I read that the lunatic in Orlando was a problem from day one I was not surprised. The same has been repeatedly told over and over again from Columbine to the shooter in Oregon. Why anyone would think a Teacher alone would resolve nor should is insane. The reality is that the system is a failure and it does not offer the appropriate resources in which to handle said behavior. The lack of funding to schools, the demonizing of the Education profession and the endless push to testing does nothing to change this and may in fact contribute to it.
Blame Islam, blame sexual confusion, blame his family, his wife blame mental illness, but in reality the ease of which a clearly psychotic troubled youth was able to get guns more easily than get a mental health assessment there is your problem.
Records: Orlando gunman talked about violence in 3rd grade
By HOLBROOK MOHR
and MITCH WEISS
The Associated Press
June 17, 2016
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — As early as the third grade, the Florida nightclub shooter talked frequently about sex and violence and before finishing high school was suspended for a total of 48 days, including suspensions for fighting and hurting classmates, school records showed.
In the years since, other people reported having disturbing run-ins with Omar Mateen, including a bartender who said he stalked her nearly a decade ago and sent so many uncomfortable Facebook messages that she blocked him on the social network.
Mateen, whose attack on the Pulse nightclub left 49 people dead and 53 wounded, enrolled in Florida public schools after his Afghan immigrant parents moved in 1991 from New York City to Port Saint Lucie, on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Teachers “couldn’t seem to help him,” said Dan Alley, retired dean of Martin County High School. “We tried to counsel him and show him the error of his ways, but it never had the effect that we were hoping for.”
At least some of the suspensions were for fighting that involved injuries. Others were for unspecified rules violations, according to the records.
For elementary and early middle school, he attended class in neighboring St. Lucie County, where teachers said he was disruptive and struggled academically.
A third-grade teacher wrote that Mateen was “very active … constantly moving, verbally abusive, rude, aggressive.” The teacher described “much talk about violence & sex,” with Mateen’s “hands all over the place — on other children, in his mouth.”
The same teacher wrote that Mateen and another student sang the words “marijuana, marijuana” rather than the school’s song, “mariposa, mariposa.”
In seventh grade, school administrators moved Mateen to another class to “avoid conflicts with other students.” That same report said Mateen was doing poorly in several subjects because of “many instances of behavioral problems.”
In a 1999 letter to Mateen’s father, one of his middle school teachers wrote that the boy’s “attitude and inability to show self-control in the classroom create distractions and become a main source of difficulty for him.”
“Unfortunately, Omar has great difficulty focusing on his classwork since he often seeks the attention of his classmates through some sort of noise, disruption or distraction,” the letter said.
Mateen attended high school and part of middle school in Martin County, spending time on three campuses in all, including one alternative facility.
He withdrew from Martin County High School in 2003 and eventually graduated from Stuart Adult Community High School with a standard diploma, records show.
In 10th grade, he received a five-day suspension on Sept. 13, 2001 — two days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The records offer no details except to call it a “rule violation.” But in recent media reports classmates have said it was because he celebrated the attacks.
Alley said Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, was an enabler.
“He would not back up the school, and he would always take his son’s side,” he said.
Mateen’s father has suggested his son had anti-gay feelings after recently seeing two men kiss. But others have said he was a regular at the Orlando club and that he tried to pick up men there.
After high school, Mateen attended Indian River Community College, graduating in 2006 with a degree in criminal justice technology.
It was around that time that he met a bartender from Fort Pierce.
“He was one of those guys who wouldn’t leave me alone,” Heather LaSalla told an Associated Press reporter in an interview Friday in the doorway of her home. She worked at a bar in Port St. Lucie at the time, and Mateen started coming there, mostly by himself.
“He was always like a loner,” LaSalla said.
The tone of Mateen’s Facebook messages made LaSalla uncomfortable, she said, but she never filed a criminal complaint.
She ran into him again at a park in November while she was with her young son and Mateen was with his, she said.
“He still had that weird vibe to him,” LaSalla said, but she did not feel threatened as Mateen told her had a wife and talked about his son’s soccer league.
In the aftermath of the shooting, she said she recognized Mateen immediately from his picture on television.
Asked whether she believed Mateen was gay, LaSalla said she “never noticed.” She said he never exactly propositioned her in his messages.