Teacher 1: He can’t sit.
Teacher 2: Ever?
T 1: All he does is flap his hands. If he can’t stop flapping his hands and distracting the other children…
T 1: 35. If he can’t stop flapping and distracting the other children, he’s out of my class.
T2: I don’t blame you.
T2: By computer.
T1: Every second. If they don’t see any gains you lose your job.
T 2: (Teasing) But you’re so good with those difficult children.
T 1: That’s why they cluster them in my class. But I can’t help all of them.
T 2: Mrs. Donald does.
T 1: Oh, please, Betty Donald has the gifted cluster. Those kids would learn if she wasn’t in the class. Just look at my roster. (Shows her) English Language Learners: 25. Special Ed: 5.
T 2: And those are the ones who have been identified.
T 1: Half of them show up to school half-asleep, hungry…
T 2: Late
T 1: Or not all.
T 2: My Juanita just went back to Mexico. Four weeks.
T 1: How’s a child supposed to learn when she’s missed that much school?
T 2: Maybe I should provide a tutor. At my own expense.
T 1: You’ll have to if you want to keep you job. How much longer until the lunch bell rings?
T 2: Three minutes. But don’t think you’re going to get any copying done. The machine’s broken.
T 1: He’s out of my class.
T 2: Where will they put him?
T 1: In the special ed class with Mrs. Brill.
T 2: And all those rough boys of hers? I hear he’s high functioning.
T 1: High functioning, low functioning. That’s none of my business. Just get rid of him. That’s all that matters to me.
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