Getting Worse Before It Gets Better
At lunch today, staff room, I find out that some of my male students, including one who said, "Trust me, some [girls] like it, trust me," immediately following the second of my learn-to-be-men speeches, these little creeps have been essentially hitting on one of their young female teachers. Apparently most of the truly disgraceful things have been uttered in a language this particular teacher does not speak, but comments about "little curly hairs" -- didn't Clarence Thomas dig himself up a whole dungheap of trouble of that one? And holy crap what gall on these shitbags! Acting in such a demeaning, disgusting manner is repugnant enough, but with an adult, a teacher beside? Who the hell do they think they are? The fact that basically nothing has been done about this to date infuriates me. These kids think they're gonna get away with this? Here? No, no, no.
"Take 7th period and document the whole thing," I said. "This is way over the line. Let em think about what respect means sitting in the back of a damn police car."
I'm not looking for causation here, don't care so much about trotting out the predictable villians of pop culture, music, archaic culture values, but how to change this? Screw the carrot, where's the stick big enough to take a good healthy swing?