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Re: Teaching vs. Social Work
I'm sorry if my post indicated a bad attitude towards kids in poor communities. I have worked in all sorts of situations and have loved and valued all of the students regardless of financial status. My spouse is our family's primary provider and that has had us moving to new communities and I've always taken whatever job I could get in the area and have never sought to work with "upscale" kids. It's just where I've landed now.
I was only pointing out a characteristic of children in poor communities -- a tendency to be less mature -- that makes such jobs more challenging. As I have posted many times here on this board, it is the teachers in the disadvantaged communities that are doing the real work, the real teaching, and deserve the full admiration of those who have it much easier. Because I'm older now with health issues, I am relieved to be in an easier job, so perhaps that came through in my post. I don't think I could deal with the difficult issues again if I had to, but it's not because I dislike or don't value those children.
Please don’t ever teach in a poor district again with that attitude. It’s frankly disgusting. Our 80% ED school has some of the best kids you will ever meet. I have kids that truly want to be in the program. They aren’t in it because mom or dad told them to be. My kids don’t have private lessons. My kids miss rehearsals for their job at “Popeye’s” or to babysit siblings because their parents are working and the list goes on and on but I love the kids and wouldn’t trade them for your “upscale” kids any day. We had a great week in San Antonio just like the “upscale kids”