Snow or Thoughts of a Ranting Teacher

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For the first time in years we got a lot (by our standards) of snow on Monday. Because of the weather and the road conditions all public transport was cancelled on Tuesday morning but the town buses were up and running at the beginning of the afternoon. However there were still no coaches for those who live outside the town this morning.

As a result very few students were present yesterday and this morning – less than a third at best, sometimes a little as 15%. The kids present were those who live in town, the boarders and a few from surrounding villages whose parents had driven them to school.

To my surprise, while talking with the head this morning, I realized that 50% of the students live in town. Which means that, with the boarders and those whose parents could transport them, I should have had about 60% of them in front of me.

This got me wondering about the students’ parents. Why don’t they send them to school while in my hometown everything is within reasonable walking distance? How can they expect so much from us (teachers) when they don’t even manage to kick their own children out of the home in the morning?

I suppose some students twist the truth and tell their parents that the teachers will be absent anyway or that there will be so few students that they won’t do any work. Nevertheless the parents choose to believe the kids rather than phone the school to check what is going on. All the teachers were present and we did work although I chose not to go on with what we were doing but did a review of 2008 instead.

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5 thoughts on “Snow or Thoughts of a Ranting Teacher

  1. If the kids rarely see the snow, I suspect that a holiday (either out in the snow or indoors) was more than they could resist. In colder climates, where snow days are more common, it’s not as novel to see a few feet of snow on the ground, but I suspect where you are, it was like being transported to another world.

    It’s hard to be a teacher, to meet the demands of school and parents, especially when you feel they don’t take you seriously. (This used to drive me mad with the school I taught for excusing kids from class for all manner of sporting events and non-academic programming.) Your choices are between reviewing or doing lightweight stuff with the kids who do show up, or continuing to teach at the regular pace and letting the kids who played hooky sink or swim. The choice is yours, but I’m sure neither feels very fair.

    It’s not easy, but don’t take it all too personally. Whatever choices they make, it doesn’t change the fact that you are doing a good job. Make yourself a decadent cup of hot chocolate when you get home today.

  2. Lorri: Thanks for your understanding. Teachers need the backing of the parents to succeed with their students.
    Shimshonit & Leora: Thanks for your kind words. I don’t think I take it too personally but I find it hard to swim against the tide!

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