The reality of public education

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Mary Hudson, tells the reality of public education through an article written by herself. In it, Hudson expresses everything I’ve endured for nine years while working in the New York public school system. Also, Hudson was a teacher and translator for Fable for Another Time and The Indomitable Marie-Antoinette. She has a Ph.D. in French Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center and obtained the last book of her late husband Jack Holland, A Brief History of Misogyny: The World’s Oldest Prejudice, published posthumously when Viking Penguin abandoned him after his death. Recently it has been reprinted.

In her article, the dirty secret of public education, Hudson tells how difficult it was for her to work as a teacher in the public school system. She constantly received humiliations from his students, who had no respect. Not for her, or for any other teacher. However, most of the teachers with whom she worked for nine years in the public school system of New York City were professionals, dedicated and talented. Although that happened a while ago, it is notorious that the system has not improved. Being that basically the fundamental problem has not been recognized and it leaves consequently that it cannot be solved.

9 years full of abuse

Hudson taught at Washington Irving High School from 2001 to 2004. For her teaching at that school for three years was a real nightmare. Being that the school was always on the edge of chaos. In fact, the atmosphere of the school was one of danger and deception.

Later, she taught at Brooklyn Tech from 2004 to 2009. Despite the disruptive students at the beginning, the classes were manageable. What young people lacked academic rigor, they compensated with enthusiasm. During the spring of her fifth year at that school, Hudson was informed that she would replace a teacher because her results were poor. However, the day before the start of classes she received a call to be notified that her work would have ended there.

Finally, she was at Victory Collegiate High School, from 2009 until 2010. There, any pretense to impose uniforms was abandoned. Cell phones were a constant annoyance. The administrators turned a blind eye to widespread anti-social behavior. In Victory Collegiate, it was where Hudson decided to retire to not return any more. Because a young man who was in the special education program who had never given any trouble, for some unknown reason, approached Hudson and said, “I’ll cut your ass off.” In that way, that was the final humiliation that she would suffer in the public school system of New York City. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Hudson says that “It is not poor education or lack of money that is failing our most vulnerable populations. The real problem is a spirit of rejection that has never been openly admitted by those who have authority.”

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