This came off the Dr. Laura website.
All my life I have wanted to be a high school teacher. Now, going on 60, after having given my working life to another industry that ended up tanking, I am finally taking my teacher certification. But with all that I see going on these days, I am having second thoughts. Kids these days are slutty, violent, use filthy language, disrespectful, and spoiled rotten. They get computers in kindergarten, cell phones in second grade, iPods in 3rd grade, new cars at 15, trips to Aruba for high school graduation. They get allowances bigger than many of my paychecks. They get drunk and sleep around in junior high school. How can someone possibly communicate with them? It just can't be done. And when a teacher tries to discipline a student, she finds herself called in for disciplinary action by HER superiors or gets slapped with a lawsuit by t he miffed student's parents, or gets trashed on Facebook or somewhere else. There is no backup from the administration, as well classes are getting bigger and bigger, 30-40-45 students in a class, and social promotion without work completion is the norm rather than the exception. My daughter, now in her 30's, tells me I would not fit in a high school (or elementary school) these days. I am redirecting to adult education, GED or ESL. But in order to get there I have to do one year mentoring and practice teaching on the high school level. I'm going to do it - even if it takes going into a closet to cry at the end of the day. I have a lifetime of experience to give, but no one, not administration, broken-down fellow teachers, or kids cares any more. I will do my year, and then get out. It's very sad. There is no solution. I just don't get it. How did we fall so fast? What solution is there?