The Pleasures of Teaching in Rural California

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  1. Malcolm

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    Back to School Night...

    One student caught with a knife...

    Another student caught with brass knucles...

    Student from my district's continuation school shot in the park...

    Fight at the district continuation school...

    A few minor scuffles at my school...

    Probation officers swarming my school...

    Red team and blue team (as my administration calls them) face down on the ground, handcuffed, after a fight between them is thwarted before it starts

    SWAT team trying to get barricaded suspect out of a building a couple blocks from school...

    Rumor that someone was going to bring a gun to school...

    Rumor that there was going to be a drive by at school...

    Rumor that there was going to be a rumble between the red team and the blue team at the rally...

    Rally cancelled...

    School in lock down and parents notified...

    School dismissed early, students let out one room at a time...

    Ah, the pleasures of teaching in rural California...
     
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    Better you than me.
     
  4. Malcolm

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    I believe the red and blue teams also play Florida...
     
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    The only things that has happened this year at our middle school that I know of ....
    I had my door thrown open and several men grabbed one of my students and drug him and his belongs outside. Come to find out he was suppose to have a gun.
    I had a student turned in for threatening to cut another ones throat just for supposely taking his money.
    The things these kids do these days.
    Our school is very near a well known drug area. It sucks that the parents do not care about the image they give these students.
    We also caught a few students trying to sell pills.
    I had to go into the girls bathroom where I seen her throw them at break and get some gloves and dig them out. Talk about gross at least it was the can they use paper towels to dry there hands with.
    Kids nowadays are something else.
     
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    Wow . . . "rural" in California sure is a whole lot different than "rural" here in Kentucky!
     
  7. Malcolm

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    Do they need math and science teachers in Kentucky?
     
  8. MsMar

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    :lol: The cost of living would be lower too!

    Here in PA we usually need math and science teachers, but some of the schools in Philly that need them might be a bit too similar to what you're experiencing now.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing!
     
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    Meh. Doesn't sound that different from suburban Cali to me. Though, aren't brass knuckles kinda "old school"?
     
  11. Malcolm

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    Old school but very effective...

    At least they are saving dealier weapons for off campus...
     
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    Our district is pretty well set right now . . . but we had an awful time finding math teachers for a few years.
     
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    I'll Stay Here, Thanks

    Wow, what an eye-opener! I'm originally from Seattle, inner-city born and raised; teach now in rural British Columbia, Canada. I'd heard it was bad in the States, but your posting really brought home how different!

    Although we did have a knife incident at school last week . . . one kid threatened another with a knife. He's out for a while.

    No guns to speak of, at least not in school. Kids have them -- seems like half the kids go hunting -- but it's not that big a deal. No real gang issues, although the kids try to act like they're in gangs.

    BTW, in case it sounds idyllic . . . where I teach is the heroin capital of B.C., apparently. The RCMP (cops) busted a huge drug operation out of one of the hotels there just this past year. And let's not talk about the backwoods grow ops . . . the fact that one of my students from two years ago had her house burn down because her dad's grow op caught on fire . . .

    And yes, we need science and math teachers in B.C.! Doesn't everyone?
     
  14. Malcolm

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    Hmmm...

    Maybe it is time to get my Candian passport...
     
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    You'd probably be welcomed with open arms, especially if you teach math or science! That being said, we have the same big city problems you do -- take a look at the news for Vancouver or Toronto, gang issues are daily news there. But here in the sticks, life is pretty good . . .

    The down side for me is that, having grown up in the midst of a cultural cornucopia, with friends and classmates of a variety of ethnic backgrounds, it seems awfully homogeneous here to me!
     

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