Teaching is Babysitting!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-07-2008
Teaching is Babysitting!
Tue, 10-07-2008 - 4:19pm

I have been an English teacher in the public school system for 14 years. Each year, it gets progressively worse. Recently, I decided to move to a different county because the county where I was last employed, my position was replaced for a Spanish teacher. Although students need 4 units of English to graduate from any high school in the country, the principal thought that it would be more prudent for the students to take Spanish.

The county where I teach now has a policy that requires students to be given countless opportunities to complete assignments. How is this teaching responsibility? Where do we draw the line?

If a student is late or misbehaves, educators are punished by having to not only deal with the child in class, but to also give up our lunch so that the child may serve "lunch detention". Mind you - this is high school. These are 15-18 year olds that we are dealing with. If a child does not complete her or his assignment, we must find a telephone in the building that works, (The telephones in the classrooms have terrible reception in which the callers can't hear one another.), and call the parent of the child to tell him or her that "Johnny has not done his homework." How is this preparing the student for the real world?

I would like to meet one college professor who assigns lunch detention if a student misbehaves. I would also like to meet one employer who calls the parents of his or her employees when the there is a tardy.

Again, how is this teaching responsibility?

Also, anybody hiring because I would love to teach; I am tired of babysitting.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Tue, 10-07-2008 - 5:24pm

I have to disagree with you...a bit.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2006
Tue, 10-07-2008 - 10:20pm

I am sorry you are dealing with this.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 10-07-2008 - 11:02pm

Oh, yes! I am a college professor and my students have a deadline. Then they have a week to turn in a late assignment. Each day during the week the grade drops 10%. After a week it's a zero. Some do forget but they take the penalty. Some don't bother and they fail. I have a sign-in attendance sheet. If they forget they are counted as absent and I deduct attendance points. It's their responsibility to be here and prove it. Just like punching a time clock at work, you forget, you don't get paid for the missing hours.



iVillage Member
Registered: 10-07-2008
Wed, 10-08-2008 - 7:18am
While we are teaching the kids gently, what are the parents doing?