Currently at my school the seniors are getting antsy. Their high school career is coming to an end; a time they thought would never come. They’re feeling the angst of the end coming and grappling with the uncertainty that life after high school presents. Some are waiting to hear from colleges, some are preparing to enter the armed forces, others are going to trade schools or entering the workforce. Whatever they’re anticipating and ruminating about the future they are still holding true to the one thing that drives adolescents: it’s all about me.
See, one of our teachers left mid year for an AP job at another school in town. This teacher was very good, and very popular, but he had wanted an AP job for a long time. Though we were sad to lose him, espeically to the cross town rival, we wished him well. Since he has left however, things have not gone well for the seniors. The district did not find a suitable replacement for our loss and as a result the students have had a series of substitues. Additionally myself and members of my department have stepped up to fill in any gaps and help our students as much as possible. This situation is tough for everyone invovled, the substitutes, the teachers in the department, and most importantly, the students. Some have adapted and are working hard and doing well. Others feel cheated that their teacher left and are using the fact that there have been two different subs as an excuse to give up. They have every right to feel frustrated that they do not have a regular teacher, but they do not have the right to give up. Many will express their frustrations in class, give the sub a hard time, and generally talk all period making the situation difficult for everyone. I would say that there is a 60/40 split in terms of those who have adjusted and those who have not; but boy that 40% is vocal.
It is for those 40% I post the two pictures below as they ponder the unfair position they feel has been foisted upon them.
Caption: A Pakistani girl Naginah Sadiq, 5, arranges bricks where she and her family work at a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Naginah earns 250 Rupees ($2.77 cents) per day according to her father. Photo: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press
Caption: People collect fuel mixed with water from a canal after an accident involving a truck carrying diesel fuel in the neighborhood of Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The scramble for the gas is understandable in Haiti: fuel stations charge as much as $5 a gallon in a country where the bulk of its 10 million people earns about $2 a day. Photo: Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press