An esteemed listener just sent me this article, saying "You've been saying this is coming." Sometimes, I hate it when I'm right. But predicting the mass exodus of teachers from Omaha's public schools was an easy one to see coming, based on the conversations I've had with those in the profession. The discipline issues, the lack of support from administrators and parents, the micro-managing of their teaching style -- these instructors have had it. And, at Omaha Central, it's more leaving at one time than maybe at any point in the school's history.
From the article in the Omaha Central Register: “Clearly in the hallways it’s out of control,” an anonymous teacher said on the rising misbehavior at Central. “You breakup fights or you walk in the bathroom and kids are vaping or smoking pot. It’s not the end of the world but it takes away from your energy that you’re trying to give to your kids in the classroom. And it’s found its way into the classroom. If kids are out there doing that and half of the class is skipping every day and it doesn’t matter what I do or how many times I call home or how many referrals I write or how many times I talk to an administrator. It becomes this situation where more and more people are checking out, with good reason, I know people are depressed and upset and the last two years have been hard. But then to just say ‘Ok we’re not going to do anything. We can just sit here all day and everyone can just fail and everyone can just tune out’ and it’s just become too much.”
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