Saturday, October 05, 2013

Mothers With no Shame

I teach elementary school in an "urban" school district. Yes, the children struggle mightily day after day to learn . . . except for the ones who struggle mightily not to learn. I've learned over the years that if the child is a mess, take a look at the parents, lack of parents, and the poor kid's general home situation. Just because there is an adult living in the home, even if this person gave birth to the child, he or she may not be a parent. Case in point: the other day as parents were in the school picking up their children, I passed by a mother in a black t-shirt. Written on the back of her shirt in big red letters was, "Fuck the Police." Remember, this was inside the school, and there were many children around. No matter how poor a child's reading skills are, there are certain words that they learn to read anyway. I didn't get a look at her face, she was going one way and I was going the other. I don't know who her child is. Based on years of experience, my hypothesis is that her child is not a good student and is possibly resentful and combative. This woman thought nothing of walking through an elementary school wearing clothing featuring foul language. What other deviancies are part of this woman's normal behavior.

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