A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Sunday, February 04, 2007


It's really cold outside. I mean really cold. This is a good thing. The last year Chicago won a championship--not counting the White Sox (cause no one really seemed to care)--schools all over the city were vandalized. A school where I used to work was hit hard--almost every room had some kind of destruction.

The news reported more Chicago and state police will be out tonight. My school has an ADT system and I hope that's enough. But the cold may be the best thing of all. This kind of cold will keep people inside for sure.

I hope so. This year we already went through a number of windows. Bullets. Rocks. Other things. Oftentimes a squad car hangs out behind the school in the small hours of the night. I hope they're there again tonight.

A few rooms have been vandalized this school year, a few cars scratched and windows broken, a few teachers hit in action (and one bit in the arm until she was bleeding).

So we're in the Superbowl. I hope the schools survive.


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