Middle School Isn't What It Used To Be

Where have all the teachers gone?

January 9, 2019
SCHOOL BUS

Robert Scheer-USA TODAY NETWORK

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I want to preface this by saying I love teachers and all they do, but something is going on.

I remember middle school. I had the same teachers in 6th grade all year, then a new set in 7th grade for the whole year. 8th grade, same thing. My PE coach never changed, and the coaches for football and basketball never changed. 

My little girl Zoe is half way thru 6th grade and has had 5 different science teachers, two PE teachers, and two math teachers, not to mention the dozens of times that her teachers have missed school for whatever reason, and she had a substitute.

Don't get me wrong, she is doing fine and rocking all her classes, but what has happened to the teaching profession? Are the students so unruly that teachers need the time away to collect themselves? Is the pay so bad that going in everyday seems pointless? I would love to know the answers to these questions and more. Is it just certain schools or do many run into the same problem? I'm not bagging on teachers at all, I've seen some of what you have to deal with, and how your hands are tied, but like it or not we have a problem in our schools. When there is no continuity in the curriculum, it makes it harder to learn the stuff and way more time consuming.

I'm just a single father looking for solutions, so my little girl can get the best education possible. There is no reason that every single school can't offer a decent learning atmosphere. 

If the teachers need more leeway with the kids, when it comes to discipline, I'm voting for it. If classes need to be split up between those kids that care and those that don't, so be it.

​I know all these things will never happen, but sooner or later, something is going to have to be done.  The world goes on around us and I want my kid to have the same opportunities I had to better herself. Someone has to care and I am volunteering!