THE EMERGENCY TEACHER
by Christian Asquith
She was a newly 25 year old starting her first and only year of teaching in a bilingual Philadelphia middle school. She was fluent in Spanish, which greatly helped, and taught 6th grade English and Social Studies. She writes about her experience and all her realizations of how kids become trouble kids, how kids get floated along, and how paperwork holds up everything. While not surprising, the saddest aspect of her experience for me was her encounter with illiterate students and especially students who were illiterate in both English and Spanish, which is a problem for students who immigrate too early to have properly learned their native language and yet too late to properly learn English. Not surprisingly, the illiterate children never graduate even though they were floated along.
It's a good read if you are at all interested in inner-city Education.