An incredibly important topic. I want everyone, particularly those who are ignorant of what teachers go through on a daily basis, to read this.
There are stats from my time teaching that I’m absolutely proud of: making it 8 years in the classroom, my classes averaging 4 points growth on the English portion of the ACT, being voted Teacher of the Year twice (once by students and once by fellow staff), choosing a book for my curriculum that was stolen by at least six students, watching 14 boys that I followed in my homeroom from freshman year to senior year walk across the stage at graduation.
But then there are stats from my time teaching that shake me to the core, even now when I’m years removed from some of them: seven boys from my homeroom dropped out of school, two times I had to be a mandated reporter, 30+ times my students were jumped walking to or from school.
The most tragic of these numbers is this: 6 students who I had taught…
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