Problem Boy is still roaming the halls of Packemin HS, failing most of his classes. He’s not coming to mine anymore and, believe it or not, I feel kind of bad about that. Earlier this week, he greeted me with a big, friendly, “Hello Ms POd” and when I asked him if he had given up coming to math, he said “Pretty much.” He passed me in the hall today and asked me when the midterm will be given. I told him he already missed the first part but gave him the date of the next one. I don’t think he will bother to show up and since math his not his subject he will be unable to answer any of it.
While I was having troubles with Problem Boy, he was managing to survive in another class. This class, a class in his native language was one he could do the work in. His teacher found ways to make him feel important and she overlooked many of his outrageous activities. Today she had a different story to tell about him. He has started cutting her class and even missed the midterm. He has made inappropriate sexual and anti-Semitic comments to her, similar to the ones he said to me. She decided she couldn’t look aside anymore, wrote him up and is having his parents come to school next week.
Problem Boy has issues, big issues the school and his family cannot handle. He needs help and he needs it fast or he is just going to drop out and possibly find himself behind bars. Kids like Problem Boy are the reason schools all over the city are failing. Closing schools and reopening with a new staff does nothing to help kids like this. For all his talk about how he improved education, Bloomberg and Klein did nothing for kids as dysfunctional as this one. Cathie Black, in her totally clueless state, will be able to do no more. She might tell Problem Boy’s parents to use birth control and even if they do, it is too late to help him and the countless kids like him.