August 16, 2013
I went to SWMHS about 10 years ago. Back then, the school was good. I was in AP courses and was able to get a partial scholarship. Back then, discipline of kids was not as big an issue. However, when I went to substitute, I witnessed behavior that would have been thought unimaginable when I was a student there: kids getting up in class, mouthing off to the teacher, fights, students leaving garbage on the floor, students talking while teacher was talking and sucking their teeth when addressed.....please remember that 70% of a child's behavior and development (habits such as studying, respect for adults, cleaning up after oneself, etc.) comes from the home and area where child grows up, studies have shown. 30% is influenced by the school. Since that time, I have taught in different schools, and have seen how hard teachers work, how stressed they are, how parents don't bother to do their part ( by checking grades on online systems ), and sometimes act like the kids (i.e. parents will call students in class on their phone). Before you blame teachers, blame yourself if you raised a child that does not know how to act.Anyhow, the environment is no longer like it was when I attended.
- submitted by a parent