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Once again, the job

January 30th, 2009 at 01:27 pm

Last night was chaotic. For starters, I did not realize that some of these "middle school" students are 16 - 17 years old! Some have been in middle school for almost 6 years.

Well, those particular kids are the kids the city has placed in this program to keep them off the streets. The problem is that too many other kids want to be as cool as them, so they mimic all their bad behaviors. The program director's hands are tied because she can't kick them out collectively (though she plans to eliminate a few).

I'm sad and angry. Sad because they will continue to fall through the cracks and likely end-up in prison. Angry because these kids act bad and really disrupt everything! But what do you do? Tainting those kids who have a greater hope is certainly something you want to avoid.

4 Responses to “Once again, the job”

  1. Carolina Bound Says:

    Even if you can reach only one, you will make such a difference. I feel for you though!

  2. whitestripe Says:

    that is hard. do any of the older kids realise their behaviour rubs off on the younger kids? even if there's just one that realises it and feels bad about it, it could be a start. they could talk to the younger kids and say 'hey, you don't want to end up like me'.

  3. Amber Says:

    16-17 and still in middle school? hmmmm sound like my neice who is always in trouble. Coming up I always wanted to teach and then I realized that I would be a teacher who did not put up with a bunch of crap, so in the end I opted not to. You're doing a great thing, something that goes unappreciated
    Good luck

  4. snoopycool Says:

    Thanks, everyone. I'm hanging in there. Partly because I have to, and partly because there are some kids in there that are wonderful. Though I'll be honest and say that if I can find something full-time, I'm going for it.

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