The Death of Personal Responsibility

I’m walking with my lunch back to my classroom. Headed the other direction toward the cafeteria are hordes of students. I recognize one student from last year just as he tilts his chin up and spits his gum out onto the sidewalk in front of him.

Me: “L*****, please pick that up off the ground.”
L*****: (As he whirls around to get it) “OH my GOD.”
Me: “Yes, I’M the one that’s ridiculous.”
L*****: (As he walks away) “Yes, you are ridiculous.”
Me: “And throw it in a trash can properly.”

This is but one small sample of the responses I get when correcting a student’s behavior at this school. At least he picked it up. Many students won’t even admit behavior you just witnessed with your own eyes.

By Dawn Pedersen

Science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, and mommy.

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