Does it get worse every year, or have I changed?
I teach seniors. I teach nine week classes on a block schedule. Every nine weeks, I get a new load of 16-25 year olds that I see for 85 minutes every day. (Serious…I had a 25-year-old this year.) It’s only nine weeks, but that’s still a lot of time to hang with lazy-ass chatty and the crew. The third batch, from the third quarter, is wrapping up tomorrow.
They have to pass my class in order to graduate.
Many haven’t given a shit until just today. And some still don’t. (I know I said I would stop swearing for Lent. I don’t care. I stopped poking myself in the eye instead. Fuck it.)
If I failed everyone who deserved to fail…..armegeddon.
Fuck…It’s so hard not to say, “Hey, Dipshit, do your fucking work, ask for help, or get your stupid ass out of here because you are not cut out for high school. Not now. You are sucking resources and wasting your own time. This is the second time I have had you in this same goddamn class. My impression is that either A) You are just barely smart enough to know that I will get my ass shredded in a wood chipper if too many of you fail, thus you know that there is a good chance you will pass even though you don’t deserve to; B) You are too fucking stupid to even begin considering the ramifications of not graduating from high school; or C) I have not challenged you with enough higher-order thinking questions.”
Seriously, doesn’t it have to be one of those?
I have 35 kids (and/or young adults) in one of my classes. If you are 20 years old and sitting on an 8.32% for the class, have been absent 22 times in nine weeks, and refuse help; then isn’t that on you? Am I really supposed to call your fucking mom? Drop out. Work at Target for a couple of years and then get your GED. Or stay at Target. Whatever. Just stop wasting my time. There are people behind you. I don’t need you in this class again next year to make it 36.
You are an adult. Get set to be treated like one. We all here are about done changing your diapers.