The lesson plan warned that the Earth science classes were "immature". That's putting it mildly...
The teacher had left enough work to fill up the two-hour summer school block easily. Most decided not to even attempt it. A couple said that it was "too much work". So, instead...
- I explained to one boy that using his external phone speaker was not appropriate for class. He was broadcasting some video for him and his friend, and the whole class could hear.
- One girl explained to her seat partner how to "see" their auras. Then she looked up what those colors meant.
- One girl danced over in the corner. When I explained that dancing in class was not appropriate, she questioned me as to why.
- Two boys sniped at each other, one calling the other "rat" and the other calling the first boy "whale". Among other insults.
And that's not even including how attached to their phones these kiddos were. I'd swear some would have to have them surgically detached the way they seemed to be attached to their hands.
I should not have been surprised. These students are a select subset of the population. In order, they
- Failed (or got a D) in 8th grade science. (If they had gotten a C or better, they would have taken biology in 9th grade.) And,
- Failed 9th grade Earth science. I know this because they are now in summer school for it.
You'd think they'd wake up and realize there's a problem, but they aren't self-aware enough for that yet.
Anyway, towards the end of the day I got to perusing the class rosters. And I burst out laughing. (I didn't bother to hide it. They weren't paying me any attention.)
I was looking at the students who had been dropped from the class. (If they are absent three times, they get dropped from summer school. Period.) And one name popped out at me immediately.
I'm not surprised that he failed Earth science. And I'm not surprised he stopped coming to summer school.
I have a feeling I'll be seeing him at the continuation high school in the not too distant future.