The teacher advocates for stratifying student bodies from an early age to ensure quality education for all.
A teacher possesses a comprehensive understanding of her students, recognizing their academic prowess, aptitude for extra-curricular activities, and those who disrupt the class with their behavior. Teachers are unable to dedicate their time and limited resources to uplift good students. This crucial issue was recently highlighted by a teacher in her thought-provoking post on Reddit, u/MightyMississippi. The teacher called for a better support system that helps provide resources to help all the kids and give them a fair shot at life. "We devote so much time and energy to the worst children that we have little to nothing remaining for the best," she writes.
She mentions that there are a few schools that are able to provide quality education to some deserving children, however, she says that this post is not about them. "This is about those kids you see in front of you, sitting in silence, politely waiting for the madness to end, so that maybe, just maybe, they might get five minutes of education out of a 55-minute class," she adds.
The teacher further clarifies, "You ever see that one good kid looking up at you from the mosh pit and just feel sick to your stomach? Sometimes, I find myself apologizing to them for having to share oxygen with the animals who are allowed to ruin our school."
She also discusses how often administrators pressure them to make the after-school activities for the "worst kids." She shares, "To use our programs as a reward, incentive, or after-school daycare for the worst students in our building—rather than as the intended special opportunity for the best and brightest." The Reddit user also highlights the fault in the current education system. "It is no secret that American public schools weaponize troubled children to undermine the entire system to yield an advantage to private and charter schools. When student violence cripples or kills a kid, or, even better, a teacher, it's all just icing on the cake," she explains.
The teacher concludes the post by saying that there is a need to stratify student bodies to protect and nurture the good ones while providing the necessary services to the troubled ones. "This needs to start no later than kindergarten. Good kids should not have to wait until high school AP classes to pick up a few scraps of quality education in peace before graduation," She writes.
Many people in the comments completely agreed with what the teacher said. u/ResidentLazyCat commented, "The worst part is when the bad kids break their spirit and they visibly change. It’s so unfair." u/thandrend wrote, "Bad kids poison the well. Luckily the good and high-performing kids will always be good and high performing, but they don't deserve that. They should have a great learning experience as well. I devote some time every week to higher-thought learning/lectures because my higher kids deserve it." u/RepostersAnonymous shared, "Every year I have some of my best students come to tell me goodbye because they’re being pulled out and sent to the private school up the road. I used to get really sad about it, but I’ve just accepted it as par for the course, now. Honestly can’t even blame them or their parents."