What would you do if this was your child? Your mom? Grandma? Your employee? Your friend? Your student?
And…how did we get to this point?
I’m trying to make sense of this:
I know the kids behaved monstrously, and verbally assaulting an elderly (apparently hearing-impaired) grandmother/bus monitor is indefensible. But I’ve got some questions, too. Why is an elderly, hearing impaired grandmother serving as a bus monitor, anyway? Go ahead, bring on the umbrage, call me “ageist,” tell me how wonderful it is that an elderly hearing impaired grandmother can earn a measly 15K per year as a bus monitor. I stand by my question.
Anyone who’s spent 30 seconds with middle schoolers knows that buses (and lunch rooms and playgrounds) are cesspools of incivility. They are also the sites where 95 % of bullying occurs — it almost never happens in classrooms – so why do schools (and families) continue to think it’s okay to turn kids loose like this without any meaningful supervision? Why do we place poorly trained and disempowered folks in…
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