I know this is OFF TOPIC....but! The scenerio no longer exist where teachers have classroom power to mold children academically they the way they were trained. Pedophiles posing as educators focked that up by molesting unsuspecting children in clear view and in the classroom during class time So I as an afterschool instructor have to do the BEST I can to mitigate the damages. But when you don't KNOW how many children are affected by this abuse or how many children's parent have been [targeted as children] affected by this abuse it's kinda hard knowing where to place the bandaid. Plus parents aren't the way they used to be. They only cry out when something rare happens and they wanna get media attention....or immigants bring their children to their school where classes are already overcrowded...then you will hear them whine loudly.....but other than that! Nada. Here's my frustation: these new parents don't wanna ensure their children do their homework; these new parents take the word of the children before consulting a teacher/dean/principles to what the TRUTH really is; since parents aren't making them, children are less enthusatic about learning cuz they KNOW their parents don't care; the only time I see parents wanting to participate is when they've hear they can get something for free. Then they stand in line with house shoes on and a boom box blasting wondering why the faculty is upset. Where were these same new parents during teacher/parent counsel?
I for one had developed this technique years ago called earned and reward as oppose to reward and punishment....and it's hard to implement this program when you have these new parents i.e. uncooked grown folks forcing their children to participate in something they have no knowledge of or are too old to qualify. But if a voucher/scholarship/funded program are involved....trust me these folks are gonna find a way to either get one of the above or do something to sabbotage it for the next parent.
This is MY experience working in the hood. I'm sorry. I am TIRED of it. Burned out. Through the years I had worked like a dog to guarantee certain free programs to at risk student in under developed communities. I have MADE sure that those small neigbhorhoods hidden behind big districts be included when funding is allocated for the whole city. But! My sista, I am fed up fighting massa AND the kneegrow too. Can't do both. Won't do both. I insulted and offend that I even have to do though this with my OWN people,
Lately I been in negoitations to launch two new learning centers in the heart of the hood. This was to be a five-year plan that is to be sponsored by local government. But during the townhall meetings to get the plans off the ground, angry parents were more concerned over what the building will LOOK like-hell we don't even have the MONEY yet....slow your roll. But no. They talked and talked until the council adjourned without discussion of how this needed money is gonna come from the budget-that's first. And the next session isn't until the mid-March. Needless to say, I'm worn out....plus I had finals two weeks straight during these meetings. So all this chaos and for what? I'm getting tooooooo old for this shyte. But! I hear ya my sister. Yet for me it's whinning down. It's time for me to move on. I will agree to do consulting while still here and give reports from my 25+ experience working in the black community. But it's a wrap. I ai'nt fighting blackfolks no mo'. Next year is my last round of programs in the hood. Hate to say it....but! There are other advocates who want me to come to their diverse community and do programs. They are willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done. I'm no spring chicken....I don't have the energy to give to folks who don't appreciate me and what I do. They don't have vision. And this 24/7 dedication I used to give to the hood unselfishly? It's now over. But!