Remember the good old days, when teachers ate lunch in the cafeteria with the kids? It happens at Catholic, private and public schools all over Kentucky and the nation – just not here in Louisville’s persistently low-performing public schools. Well, thanks to the Jefferson County Teachers Association those days are long gone and mean girls across the district are oh-so-thankful for THAT!
Here in Louisville, the teachers’ union contract mandates that teachers are guaranteed time to enjoy a Cheeseburger Hot Pocket while free from the watchful eyes of a bunch of booger-picking kindergartners. It’s the best thing that could have ever happened to any bully who is looking for an opportunity to torment some kid for twenty to twenty-five minutes straight. Bonus! After hearing about the teachers’ latest $5.5 million raise, this sounds a lot like “Doing less while making more.”
How many adults typically supervise a JCPS cafeteria full of children? TWO. One adult dumps trays while another runs around like a chicken with its head cut off tending to children with their hands in the air. (Kids raise their hands if they need ketchup, a spork, a napkin, etc., since they are not allowed to leave their seats.) With only two grown-ups in a cafeteria full of children, it’s not too hard to understand why JCPS’ bullying problems keep mushrooming, now is it?
You’re probably wondering, “Where is the cafeteria staff and why aren’t they helping?” Well, they’re off the hook. They have their hands full – they’re feeding hundreds of kids (elementary school) or close to a thousand (middle or high school) in a two-hour window. They supervise when they can during a lull in serving and they’re great with decreasing the noise level when they can. They’re busy to the nth degree.
Let’s thank the spineless members of the Jefferson County Board of Education for making sure that school cafeterias all over Louisville can be a bully’s paradise, since the union-purchased board happily approves the JCTA’s Hot Pocket-friendly contract.
Do any grown-ups at JCPS really care about our kids’ safety? Do tell!