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Pinellas teacher frustrated with students who don't care



A Pinellas County teacher writes a revealing account of life in her high school classroom, asking what to do about students who don't care. Virginia Oliva's letter, published on, describes being hamstrung by school regulations and uninvolved parents, as well.

She says students show up for her class "equipped with electronics capable of playing their favorite downloaded music, mostly rap, playing television shows, videos or movies, e-mailing, texting or talking to friends and family members."

"On any given day, these teens walk into the classroom with plugs in both ears, a phone in one hand and the other hand holding up their pants -- but no paper, pens or pencils."

She lists eight possible solutions for the problems in schools. Her final one: parents who care.

Read her piece, share your thoughts.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:18am]


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