Teachers can be a cynical bunch, and I'm more than guilty of doomsaying about DISD from time to time. I wake up some mornings anticipating my disappointment. When it happens, I prove myself right. A kid doesn't do their work. A student is disrespectful. An administrator turns their back on me.
These are things that happen, but shouldn't get us down. Why? Because if we give up, that's it. We are the ones who are supposed to be teaching our kids determination. We are supposed to care where nobody else does. We all remember that experience as students, so why are we robbing our students of that same feeling? It's wrong even when it feels justified.
I have students I ignore, I have students I just give worksheets, and I have students that I allow to fail because I'm tired of putting myself out there to be disappointed. That said, I need to keep fighting. I'm blogging about this while I'm still optimistic so I can read it when I give up again and remember that I shouldn't.