A Phillie Teacher

I was a starry-eyed teacher from New Jersey. Now I work for Philadelphia Public Schools.

Honest question

Posted by aphillieteacher on March 28, 2011

Today was the usual “we’re so cool,  we’re juniors, we’re funny . . lalala” Come late to class, screw around as much as possible, absolutely don’t stop talking or playing music or whatever.

So finally I stopped the lesson cold in its tracks and asked an honest question: “Why are you here, when you have no intention of listening to what I have to say? Why don’t you just leave?  I don’t know why you’re here wasting my time.”

silence.

wide, surprised eyes.

(Not a bad reaction from smart-ass inner-city 17 year olds.)

Let’s see how long it lasts.

2 Responses to “Honest question”

  1. Sometimes kids forget why they come to school and need a reality check! Hope it lasts a couple of weeks, at least

  2. The rest of the week (so far) has been doing state testing, so no telling if they’ll even remember this when we’re back in class.

    No matter. There’s a 99.3% chance I’ll be laid off this year since our district is at least $600 million in the hole. Some day (maybe as soon as July 1) I’ll look back on this as if it was just a bad dream.

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