He’s been a mainstay at the school for almost 23 years. I imagine that he’s giving me those recommendations because he understands the makeup of the school and community? He’s seen the kids that I’m teaching either work at the trailer park, dog food manufacturer, or metals factory. Or even worse, start having kids well before they’re ready and they become wards of the state. The ones that he teaches head off to JuCo or earn scholarship money toward university. I kinda envy his position but he’s been here a lot longer than I have so that’s that. I had a small conversation with my juniors today and told them that in real life they have to listen to their bosses. The ones who have jobs said, “We listen to our bosses and do what they say.” Since their currency for working is money earned, I can see why they don’t wanna math work. There’s no currency in grades for them.