... I can't help but notice that many of the teachers seem to be fed up with the school's discipline policy. I find I'm in the same boat. I don't mind a little bit of disorder, but I find that the kids are allowed to run roughshod around the school. Most of the kids are from outside of the neighborhood and from "rougher" areas of the city. Every day, the halls are packed with screaming kids arriving late or not going to class at all. There has been at least one fight per month. It's always the same kids involved. During class, many of them just carry on as if the teacher isn't even there. I have one girl who I've never seen, but no matter how many cut slips I put in, it seems as though there are no repurcussions. The other day when I accused two students of not having respect for me, they vehemently denied it. "That's not true Mr. D, we totally respect you! We throw things at the teachers we don't respect." Pink slips amount to little more than "We talked to the student" and the vice principal is often seen joking to large groups of kids who are nearly 15 minutes late to class. When I asked about one girl who was regularly out of control, the counselor told me "She's crazy, you'll just have to deal with it." This week we had to review for the benchmarks, and were basically told to give the kids the answers! I don't know if it's just the sheer amount of kids or what, but I'm just really down about the whole thing. Thing is, we're supposedly one of the better schools in the district. Has anyone ever been in a situation like this? Can you give me a word of advice or two? I'm just really bummed over the situation.