The Louisiana News Star reports that a teacher was present in the classroom while two third graders engaged in oral sex. Try wrapping your thoughts around that. The teacher has been dismissed because the principal felt that she was “not monitoring the classroom adequately.”
Another teacher in the district is under investigation for drug usage while on the job.
The Superintendent is on record desiring to “change the culture” of the district. “We are working on creating a culture where children can feel safe, loved and protected, and that’s quite a challenge,” she said.
Monitored and loved? How about instructed? Isn’t it the responsibility of educators to impart knowledge to students in preparation to be productive citizens who are able to compete in the workforce? Babysitters monitor and parents provide love.
Although they have an average student-to-teacher ratio of 16.6, and are spending $10,000 a year per child, academic scores are pathetic, ranked with a grade of “D” by the local school directory. By any standard this school is failing the children who attend.
The directory states that “the overall school rating shows that Tallulah Elementary School performed on average worse than many other schools across the state on iLEAP and LEAP state exams in the following subjects: English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.”
An interesting accompanying statistic would be the percentage of teachers who are members of the NEA — National Education Association or the left-wing union known as the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.