Terror in the Trenches of Teaching




        La. — A public school teacher fed up with his students’ behavior found
        a way to berate them in the context of a class assignment. The Jefferson
        Parish teacher wrote and distributed a two-page essay to his fourth-grade
        students saying he hated his job, blasting the children’s "animal"
        behavior, and even identifying some of them by name.
        Titled "I Wonder Why?" the essay ended with an assignment for
        each student to write a 200-word essay on how the teacher should treat
        "Make sure you tell me why I need to treat you a certain way,"
        the assignment reads. "I want to make sure that I no longer cheat
        and act unfairly."
        In the essay, the teacher detailed the loud, disobedient behavior of his
        students on a particular day and how some ridiculed him while others accused
        him of cheating for a competing class during a spelling bee. The teacher
        said he was tired because pain from a root canal had kept him awake most
        of the previous night.


        we can certainly say we have seen our share of "animal" behavior,
        usually involving the ingestion of food or the excretion of bodily fluids.
        Despite often having been insulted, frustrated to the point of tears or
        profoundly offended by student behavior, we have never lashed out in retaliation,
        either orally or in writing. Of course, there was the time an entire class
        reported that "a dog had eaten their homework" which was rather
        strange seeing as they were all foreign students living in dorm rooms.
        We subsequently forced them to march down to the Student Center wearing
        their underwear on the outside of their clothes, but we were tired because
        a massive inadvertent dose of Methylenedioxyamphetamine had kept us awake
        most of the previous night.



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