Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 21st, 2017
Corporal punishment should have never been taken away, and based on the increase in student disrespect and attacks on school staff, it’s long overdue to bring it back.
Yes, it’s time to start spanking and paddling our kids again. Obviously the “kinder and gentler” method has not worked. Or have you somehow not seen the mindless, undisciplined wasteland that make up the majority of a wasted generation called Millennials? Tho were raised in a time where corporal punishment was virtually taboo, and it shows.
Now, in Pennsylvania, dozens of teachers have quit their jobs in Pennsylvania’s capital city amid a wave of violence from students as early as the first grade.
The Harrisburg Education Association (HEA) said that at least 45 teachers resigned between July and October, and more have followed since. Those who remain are now demanding more help from administrators.
‘I have been kicked, punched, hit, scratched. I’ve had a student physically restraining me in front of my other students,’ first-grade teacher Amanda Shaeffer told board members, according to Penn Live.
She added that ‘many of the personal things that I have bought for my classroom have been broken or destroyed.’
Shaeffer was joined by around half a dozen other teachers and several parents on Monday as she called for faster and tougher steps to be taken against transgressors.
They want the creation of a coalition of teachers, parents and administrators to help address violence in schools, and more consistency in how incidents are dealt with.
They’re also calling for better training and support for dealing with kids who are suffering from abuse at home, or mental health problems.
‘We aren’t complaining. We are here begging for help so that we can help those students,’ said HEA President Jody Barksdale.
She called for the board to do something in January, but says that ‘not much’ has changed in the almost a year since then.
‘Teachers and students are being hit, kicked, slapped, scratched, cussed at…. and observing other students flip over tables, desks and chairs,’ she said.
‘Teachers have had to take the rest of their class into the hallway top protect them during these outbursts.’
Just three or four sites are responsible for the majority of the complaints, the HEA said. It wouldn’t identify which schools are suffering.
The school district responded by saying that it is ‘unfortunate that our teacher organization has chosen to engage in public discourse opposed to factual and substantive discussions.’
SCHOOL DISTRICT’S STATEMENT
We find it unfortunate that our teacher organization has chosen to engage in public discourse opposed to factual and substantive discussions.
The District is committed to promoting a safe and healthy work and learning environment for our faculty, staff and students.
As we all can agree, student achievement is our primary mission.
Concerning the District’s staffing positions, the facts are as follows: The District had 55 instructional vacancies in July 2017, the District hired 130 direct and indirect support staff between April to August 2017, inclusive of 30 professional staff.
We currently have 38 professional job vacancies as a result of resignations due to a host of reasons and retirements.
Urban education is fraught with challenges, opportunities and experiences. The administration of the Harrisburg School District is dedicated and working extremely hard, providing year-long educator development and teacher mentoring programs.
Additionally, processes for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and/or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) are in place throughout all schools. Further, the District has an open door policy to advance communication and address any and all concerns from administrators, faculty, staff and/or students.
As a School District, our effectiveness and success hinges on all stakeholders taking a positive and committed stance on moving the quality of education forward for every student; this includes professional responsibility, accountability and true ownership of the work that puts students first and continues to move our District in the direction of academic growth and achievement.
As a District, we will continue to strive to overcome isolated challenges and resolve differences.
Furthermore, we endeavor to build a culture of collaboration among all stakeholders that is focused on improving teaching and learning in every school throughout the District.
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