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Tale from the front line

Flo_hubbard060808_26341dIn case you missed it, check out this must-read account of one teacher's experience working in an unnamed Hillsborough high school:

It's sixth period, my first day teaching high school, and my regular Junior English class refuses to settle down. I give them a brief talk, amid the jostling and visiting (and the walking, and the love taps, and the food trading, and the vaulting over desks) about respect. I will respect them, I say, and they will respect me ... For about 30 seconds, they like the idea of my respecting them, and then they're up again.

Melanie Hubbard has a doctorate in English and has taught at the college level. This spring, she tried out the public school setting, where everyone knows there is a shortage of qualified instructors. Her experience, described in a first-person story for the St. Petersburg Times over the weekend, sounds alarms on many levels.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this story and whether it rings true to what you know about the public high school setting.

(Photo: Melanie Hubbard)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:46am]


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