City Teacher Tired of Being Blamed: “Where are your parents?”
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A Baltimore City teacher comes forward, saying City Schools are being unfairly blamed for poor student performance.
“Baltimore Schools are not failing kids,” the teacher, who asked not to be identified, told Project Baltimore.
For the past twenty years, she has taught in elementary and middle school classrooms throughout the city. For months, she’s watched Project Baltimore investigate City Schools. She agrees North Avenue has its issues, but when it comes to overall student performance, she says most of the blame is due to one thing.
“It’s a lack of parenting,” she said. “Where are your parents?”
“These children are coming to us battered and bruised and hungry and starving for attention and so many different issues that before we even teach this great lesson that we’ve prepared, we have to sometimes meet their hierarchy of needs.”
The teacher says she’s brought clothing and toiletries to school for her students.
"It's frustrating. It's heartbreaking and it's unfair that children have to live in such conditions and be expected to perform,” she said.
The Baltimore native told us that some students haven’t seen a parent in days.
“The kids are in the streets, taking care of themselves, running their households,” she said. “And we’re expecting them to come to school, and sit down and learn.”
But this teacher says students can’t learn if they’re not there. A recent Project Baltimore investigation found high school attendance is at a 13-year low. But engaging the student is only half the challenge.
“When parents are called for meetings, they don’t show up. When parents are called for report card nights, they don’t show up. So, a lot of the parents we see on report card nights are not the ones we want to see. Those are the ones whose kids are doing great.”
We asked this teacher what she hoped to achieve by delivering her strong message.
“I’m trying to wake people up. It’s like we sweep it under the rug. We know it’s there, but we push it to the side,” she said. “I grew up in this city. I love Baltimore. But I hate what I’m seeing now, and it’s not getting any better, it seems like it’s getting worse.”