After a year at Indianapolis’ worst middle school, Jeffery White, the new principal, has kept students from roaming the halls, but hasn’t made much academic progress, reports the Indy Star.
Magnet coordinator Lauren Franklin tried to help Debora Searfoss teach students how to use computers to research science questions.
One boy faked the sound of passing gas, and another stuck his tongue out, mocking Franklin. A tall 15-year-old in the back row danced in his seat, snapping his fingers and gyrating. Another boy spit across the room.
The tall boy belched loudly as Franklin approached.
“Ewww,” she groaned.
“I said excuse me,” he said.
A boy began honking as Franklin demonstrated how to draw tables of sources for flash cards on the computer. Searfoss escorted a boy out of the room, and he suggested she perform a lewd act on him. Classmates giggled.
Some teachers are able to motivate students to pay attention and do the work. Most struggle. Teacher absenteeism is high, despite White’s offer of Starbucks cards to teachers with perfect attendance.