• Kathleen Mynhier

    AMEN. Every word of this is true. I retired after 27 years of teaching in JCPS. I too taught in an elementary school with a very high percentage of economically disadvantaged children and students at risk. Disruptive student behavior, fowl language, hitting, shoving of teachers, over-turning furniture, attacks on fellow students, all were daily events. Teachers were unsupported by administrators, the principal and counsellor insisted that the students be managed in the classroom. Students from violent and disfunctional families could misdirect and vent their anger in their classrooms. One disruptive student could derail the teaching with shouting and antics, while twenty-three other students were denied their best opportunity to learn. I sought the support and help of parents often,only to find, too many times, “that number is no longer in service”. What sort of parent does not update contact information? A parent that does not want to be involved, does not want to be troubled by teachers who would ask that their child be held accountable for his/her actions. There are too many children growing up with such parents.
    With love, prayers and devotion i taught. I retired at age 60, exhausted. I left the profession I love. I pray daily for my colleagues, still in the classrooms, the trenches. The problems loom large, the challenge is daunting. I tutor in my home and still find a deep satisfaction when I lead a child to literacy or proficiency in mathematics. The student and teacher relation should be filled with the joy of discovery and the passing of knowledge. Every fellow teacher I was blessed to work with, young and old, sought to combine their energy and resources to support each other and our students. Teachers love children, often the very troubled ones most of all. Teachers are striving to make a difference in the lives of the students entrusted to them. Teachers are leaving the profession because of insufficient support. I have myself discouraged a bright young person from chosing education as their major in college, simply by relating to her honest stories of what too many of our JCPS classrooms are really like. It is time to overhaul the system. I agree with the author of this letter, a good starting point would be re-establishing discipline and rewriting the student code of conduct with consequences for infractions; consequences to be carried through, without exceptions, consistently. Administrators, comfortable in their offices at VanHoose, must work harder. Get real! Do not throw the problems up to the teacher. Let the teachers teach the children in the classrooms, while administrators join with the courts, family services, police, social workers and community agencies to address the problems with the adults. Problems of absent parenting, ineffectual parenting, drug addiction, domestic violence, neglect in the homes in which our children live, all the many larger problems in our community, that are the origin of our troubled, and under-achieving students.
    I have said enough here. I am enjoying my retirement. I will continue my prayers for JCPS, prayers for all teachers, all students, all administrators, all personnel, all teaching assistants, all custodial staff, all lunchroom personnel, all who say, “good morning, make it a great day” to our students. May it become the reality and not just something for which we hope.
    Sincerely,
    Retired JCPS Teacher 1985-2012

  • Euchred65

    Louisville Kentucky specifically Jefferson County public schools are crap. I know people who could live better than they do but sacrifice to put their kids in private schools which is a dam shame. I know in other states there are similar problems like this. So many awesome teachers with their hands tied out of fear of what society has accepted as bullshit political correctness, law suits, TOTAL lack of PARENTAL discipline. It’s no wonder out country is dropping world wide in education. Something needs to change and change now. If I was a teacher I would demand a bullet proof plexiglas across the front of the class room. For if a student attacked me they would be choked out. Shame on Jefferson County School board to allow this crap to happen. Shame on the the so called parents for not doing their job as parents. I feel sorry for the teacher who wrote this letter for they probably no longer have a job. I feel sorry for the families who try to make public schools work. If I had young kids they would not be attending PUBLIC SCHOOLS in Jefferson County.

  • Kristen Leigh Newton

    Oh wow, they’re just figuring this out? It’s so sad. I went to these schools my whole life and I’ve known these things were a problem. The students make it to where the teachers don’t even want to be there anymore. I was in honors/AP classes that still had plenty of those students who would constantly disrupt the class and have to be sent out into the hallway on a daily basis. I witnessed countless acts of harassment, bullying, violence, etc. Students these days are out of hand. They go from home to school thinking that they can act the same at both places, when in reality they need discipline in both of them. When I was in elementary school there used to be a kid that followed me around, pulling pieces of my hair out to “smell” them. And when I told a teacher they didn’t believe me. It’s because the teacher was in such a bad school that they just stopped giving a shit about what was going on. I’ve been to some schools that were so disgusting that people weren’t allowed to go use the bathrooms on their own because students decided to piss all over the place and leave it for the janitor. I’ve had kids set off stink bombs in the middle of class. I’ve had students hit other students with desks and chairs. I was in a classroom when a student threatened to stab another student with scissors. And another time my class was being so disrespectful to another teacher during her first week there that one day after her class, students from her next class found her laying on the floor having a heart attack from a group of girls in my class threatening her when she told them to behave. And it seems like every week there’s multiple threats of gun violence at multiple schools. I’ll never send my child to a JCPS school just from my own personal experience with them. I’ve learned a lot and thankfully I’ve moved on to bigger and better things, but I’m also not one of the students who were in need of help. And if they don’t get the help that they need then JCPS is going to be in a lot more trouble than they are now.

  • Janet McAllister

    Please go to change.org and sign my petition titled Stop Heroine Pregnancies. One addicted child is born every hour. The life expectancy of an addict, without treatment, is 10 years. How many children can an addict have in 10 years? Children deserve to be born into a better environment . The addicted children affect you and your grand children. They already affect our classrooms TODAY! Thank you in advance.

  • Granny the queen

    This has been going on 20 years-so proud this generation is standing up because it is worse every year.