The school year's not over yet... or is it?
Technically, the last day of school in Baltimore isn't for another two and a half weeks. But I heard from one city teacher yesterday who said it might as well be over now. With testing complete, this teacher says, the last few weeks of the year are consumed by non-academic field trips, designed to keep kids under control behaviorally. The school administration has given up on engaging them academically.
I recently visited another city school where eighth-graders are staying in the same classroom all day for the last few weeks of school, with teachers changing rooms instead to cut down on year-end disruption in the halls.
We all know that, when the temperature outside goes up, so do violent and disruptive incidents in our schools and in our city.
So, teachers, how are you spending the last few weeks of the school year? Are you even attempting to keep students focused on academics? Or would you be satisfied with simply keeping the peace?