School. specifically inner city schools and the teachers/para pros/principals/everyone else who thinks it is perfectly acceptable for a child to miss extended periods of time, learn basically nothing and still move on to the next level.
I have read shity study after shitty article about how holdign kids back hurts their self esteem or some other dumb ass shit. Fuck that. What we need to be doing is only passing students who understand the material. Maybe then we wouldn't see schools with a three year average ACT score of 14 still in existence.
It's horrible out here.
I can count on two hands the number of students (out of 180) who have less than 5 absences this semester. And it isn't like this is some aberation from the norm.
I get that buses suck, and parents lack vehicles, but why the fuck are you coming to a school three seperate buses away? And why the fuck do you think that I should just consider 'first hour' some magical world where attendance is a privilege?
I teach in Detroit because I feel like the best teachers should be on the front lines where we can have the most impact. And I am successful with the people who show up. But, there is nothing that can be done for people who don't fucking show up!!!!
And don't get me started on the concept of poverty that includes expensive ass shoes, new nails/hair, or whatever else, but you need my buck fifty for a bus ride home... cause we are back to the buses and the students attending schools nowhere near their neighbor hood...
Or don't get me started on how school of choice is a great idea in practice but basically it just ends up in kids attending a new school every year and missing out on the instruction from teachers who know them and care for them...
I would retire if I didn't love chaos and a good challenge.
Inne-city education is the ultimate definition of a sisyphean task.