[disclaimer for regular readers: today’s news has nothing to do with bitcoin or crypto markets.]
Background data: I applied for teach for america, didn’t get in, and then (as non teach for america) applied for and was hired as an inner city high school english teacher for one semester with not very good results. I was under prepared. I’m not proud of the work I did. I would not say my students got a good education from me.
At least i avoided jail time though.
Unlike this guy.
Holy fucking hell. Joshua sounds like a decent human being who gave his all for his students. In return, he got far worse than my experience and i thought nothing could top john adams high school in south ozone park, nyc. 33 hours of jailtime! Hopefully that helped alleviate his white guilt 🙈
Both Josh’s and my experiences are from twenty years ago, but as the comments in the article show, if anything these problems have only gotten worse.
Maybe this is why I experienced puerto rico as a functioning society despite extreme problems like every other day blackouts and government stealing everything not nailed down. Puerto rico is not in cultural collapse.
A community that cannot protect or teach its children, is flirting with that state.
Also Martha Hephzybah Russell in the comments is despicable.
“Although I am very sadden that this young man was failed by Teach for America on their failure to train him with explicit classroom management skills as well as the administrators for not seeking greater ways to support teachers lacking the skills to manage their classrooms, I am surprise he did not decide to take on a hands off approach after being investigated the first time for physically handling a student. If two students are fighting and one is being injured and I am already being charged by administration for separating them, I would call security or send for help. This way, the administration can only write a greivance if they so want to for me not responding physically. They cannot have it both ways. Unfortunately, men tend to be accused more than women on such a charge.”
Yes. Let’s let a child get potentially seriously injured, to prove a point. (Josh was jailed for breaking up a fight between second graders.)
Disfunctional social justice warrior logic.
Also… and I’ve been wanting to say this for twenty years. Teach for america is a social justice cult.
Someone at TFA should have told Josh to get the hell out when he didn’t get the support he needed from the school administration. But that would violate the super hero mystique that gets TFA fat charitable donations from mckinsey and bulge bracket consulting houses, and the other usual suspects in corporate america.
So Josh got sued for twenty million and 3 days in a washington DC jail.
Cults don’t protect their members. They’re just fodder for the machine. Like I could have been, if I had gotten in. Or like Josh.