Knowing that there is more violence, disrespect, and lower academic interest?
- I would64%(7)69%(22)Vote71%(15)
- I would not36%(4)31%(10)Vote29%(6)
Most Helpful Girl
Its really good experience. I knew a teacher who started off in a school like that, and they intentionally picked out all the worst kids for her class. She had a rough year, but after that everything was easy in comparison. I think she works at a private school now and can't get over how good the students are1
Most Helpful Guy
I'm studying to become a teacher and I would put it this way: I don't have anything against minorities in terms of race. In fact, I couldn't care less what skin color my students have.
However, what I do care about is their motivation to learn. I'm studying to become a teacher, not a police officer. I have absolutely no interest in dealing with petty fights between kids or students throwing around stuff in the classroom or other bullshit like that. I want to TEACH; my job will be to make my students smarter, not to make them behave better. I expect that they already know how to behave themselves when they enter my classroom, so they are ready to learn new things.
In my country, middle school is kind of like high school in the US. Teachers constantly have to play the role of the police officer and the actual teaching becomes a minor thing. Mandatory school goes until 9th grade (age 15) in Switzerland. Kids who want to go to university later on need excellent grades and they need to pass an entry exam to get into high school. High school in Switzerland is comparable to college in America. The kids who are there are still teenagers for the most part but they are pretty mature and they are there because they enjoy studying and because they want to be there. I am studying to become a teacher at a high school and not a middle school for this very reason. I want to work with kids productively, I don't want to yell at them constantly and be their kindergarten supervisor. In America, teachers can't do anything when their students act like grumpy toddlers. In Switzerland, you can just send them home if they misbehave. It's like at university: you just tell them "look, either you sit down and learn with us or you go home. You're here for yourself, not for anyone else". I remember once in high school a fellow student apologizing to one of our teachers that he had been skipping lessons. The teacher just looked at him and said: "I couldn't care less about your apology. You can do with your time as you see fit. It's you who needs to pass the next exam, not me". That's the kind of relationship I seek with my students. As long as they're there to learn and participate, every minority is absolutely welcome.0