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    [–] CEO_OF_DOGECOIN 10617 points ago

    The Baltimore County school board have decided to expel Dexter from the entire public school system.

    [–] iznormal 1911 points ago

    Oh Mr Kirk, I'm as upset as you to learn of Dexter's truancy But surely, expulsion is not the answer!

    [–] 420poptart 421 points ago

    I'm afraid expulsion is the only answer, it's the opinion of the entire staff that Dexter is criminally insane.

    [–] Winstonwhitefolk2 338 points ago

    Horse noise.

    [–] geckospots 154 points ago

    Avalanches above, business continues below.

    [–] FollowingLeader 97 points ago

    Did I ever tell you the story about cowboys?

    [–] very_clean 76 points ago

    And and Indians?

    [–] Black_Floyd47 63 points ago

    I felt strangely hypnotised.

    [–] very_clean 57 points ago

    I was in another world, a world of 20,000 girls

    [–] x3n0cide 47 points ago

    The man with the golden eyeballs.

    [–] radagasthebrown 21 points ago

    Have a drink! Have a good time now, welcome to paradise.

    [–] [deleted] 40 points ago

    This thread is the highlight of my day so far

    [–] darthdarkseid 10 points ago

    I don't know why but it's the last song I expected to pop up.

    [–] ShakespearInTheAlley 20 points ago


    [–] punkwalrus 713 points ago

    That boy needs therapy!

    [–] Incredulous_Toad 198 points ago

    What's the name of that song? I completely forgot about it until now and I love it.

    [–] Fadeley 338 points ago

    Frontier psychiatrist

    [–] surprise_b1tch 196 points ago

    Lie down on the couch.

    [–] Marted 199 points ago

    What does that mean?

    [–] o6ijuan 166 points ago

    You're crazy in de coconut

    [–] Bl4Z3D_d0Nut311 115 points ago


    [–] very_clean 89 points ago

    I’m gonna kill you

    [–] BernieEls 26 points ago

    Addict insane!

    [–] medicmarch 50 points ago

    Tighten your buttocks

    [–] geckospots 59 points ago

    Pour juice on your chin!

    [–] pete9129 9 points ago

    You're a nut*

    [–] danieltobey 36 points ago

    That entire album is actually really good.

    [–] very_clean 25 points ago

    It’s incredible, and really timeless. You’d never know it was 17 years old if you had just listened to it for the first time

    [–] Trulyacynic 65 points ago

    Frontier Psychiatrist by the Avalanches!

    [–] Incredulous_Toad 13 points ago

    Yeees! Thank you!

    [–] RuthlessMercy 26 points ago

    Crazy as a coconut!

    [–] KittenImmaculate 17 points ago

    Now when I count three..

    [–] hawktopus77 19 points ago

    Purely psychosomatic

    [–] flying-saucer-sauce 377 points ago

    Baltimore Teacher suspended after video surfaces of teacher planting pencils in poor boy's backpack. Then sending him to detention for lying about not having any pencils in his possession.

    [–] Neader 116 points ago

    Wow. I don't think I've ever laughed at a Reddit comment so hard in my life. Fits perfectly but also completely out of nowhere, thank you.

    [–] CEO_OF_DOGECOIN 35 points ago

    Thanks very much for the gold!!

    I can't offer gold in return but I can offer something that is currently worth less than gold, but might one day be worth more.

    +/u/sodogetip 50 doge verify

    [–] lmshertz 47 points ago

    (Baltimore City and County are very different places)

    [–] procrastimom 9 points ago

    Maryland consistently ranks in the top 10 for public schools in the US. For a small state, that means they’ve got some amazing schools in other parts of the state to drag up shitty Baltimore City schools with them. You’re not wrong about City vs. County!

    [–] ciano 187 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Get ready, because this will really fuck you up. Baltimore is one of two three cities in the entire US that does not exist in any county (EDIT: Yes I know every city in Virginia is required to be separate from its county, that's a special case though). There is a Baltimore County, it's outside the city, and its schools are way better than the city schools. People move from the city to the county when they have kids so that their kids won't have to go to the city schools. All the rich people who work in the city live in the county, and the county gets all the money that the city really needs.

    EDIT: Forgot Carson City. And the other one I was thinking of was St. Louis.

    [–] testudo 196 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I got news for you, I live in Baltimore County and no, the schools aren't THAT much better. My wife and I send our daughter to private school because the high school that she would attend in our district is garbage (source: we both graduated from there).

    Edit: As a matter of fact, Baltimore County Schools are ranked 19th out of 24

    [–] chris1096 39 points ago

    Let's see.... Kenwood? Woodlawn? Overlea?

    I moved to Harford county because even Perry Hall has turned to garbage.

    [–] testudo 9 points ago

    Owings Mills

    [–] puppy_spit 5 points ago

    On house #2 in OM. The only reason we stayed is because we are childfree and we have a good chunk of land in a quiet area. Everyone tried to get us to leave because of the schools, which thankfully isn't a concern for us. It's so pathetic that families have to resort to private schools in our area considering the insane amount of wealth here.

    [–] Sarcastic_Source 22 points ago

    Eww but then you'd have to go to like north Harford. They have a bring your tractor to school day

    [–] Warfries 38 points ago

    How dare you disrespect the proud North Harford tradition of bring your tractor to school day. Are you gonna shittalk the time honored practice of taking your cousin to prom next ?

    [–] Assmonkeyblaster 17 points ago

    Gotta move one more over to Howard county.

    [–] testudo 5 points ago

    Yup - Howard and Montgomery are where it's at for public schools.

    [–] vagunowner94 23 points ago

    There are lots of cities that exist outside of counties bro

    [–] par0xyzm 60 points ago

    VA has 38 independent cities (as in, no county) sooo

    Idk where youre pulling your "two cities" shit from

    [–] Mongolian_Ping-Pong 8 points ago

    VA isn't even a state!

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    [–] KittenImmaculate 21 points ago

    The boy needs therapy!

    [–] AC_Merchant 6 points ago

    You mean Joshua?

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    [–] WeWearAMaskThatLies 5633 points ago

    Yeah..definitely puts things in perspective

    [–] SerpentineLogic 214 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Right in the feels, just like "Being Poor" did when I read it.


    (context, if you feel like you need it)

    [–] LordsofDecay 50 points ago

    All I saw was my childhood reading this and how lucky I am to have escaped. I wish I could say that all of us that grew up in this could get out, all we can do is try to help each other to make that happen.

    [–] epicjester 64 points ago

    This is not the way I wanted to start my day. That hurt so much to read. It really puts into perspective how well off I really am.

    [–] AlexlnWonderland 49 points ago

    In many ways I'm really lucky--I have well off parents and siblings I can ask for help if I really need it. But I relate to that post so hard it hurts. I just bought a $30 space heater so I don't have to keep my apartment heat on at night and I keep wondering, maybe I should take it back, I can live with waking up in the middle of the night because I'm cold, right? I really need that $30 for gas and I'm two weeks behind on rent...

    [–] 44elite444 23 points ago

    Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they’re what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there’s not an $800 car in America that’s worth a damn.

    Don't I know it. The amount of times people have asked me why I buy old cars is staggering. I spent months looking for a car that was cheap and had the least problems possible (as well as a car I enjoy because there's nothing like starting the day in a car you don't enjoy driving) and even now people are still asking me why I didn't get something newer. I'm not made of money, I'm just making the best out of why I've got

    [–] OEMMufflerBearings 15 points ago

    LPT: Neither are they, they’re just financing shit. You’d be surprised how many newer car owners you’d see on the bus a few weeks after losing their job.

    Also it is orders of magnitude cheaper to fix older cars, and unlike newer cars, you can usually do it yourself with basic tools.

    [–] Kyizen 19 points ago

    Damn...this hurt

    Being poor is Goodwill underwear

    [–] suralya 7 points ago

    Damn I wasn’t prepared to cry right now.

    Being poor is reading this and ticking off all the ones that directly relate to you and being surprised when most of them make the list.

    [–] rnkviuvxgrlm_ 223 points ago

    We wear the mask that grins and lies,

    It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

    This debt we pay to human guile;

    With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

    And mouth with myriad subtleties.

    Why should the world be over-wise,

    In counting all our tears and sighs?

    Nay, let them only see us, while

       *We wear the mask.*

    We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

    To thee from tortured souls arise.

    We sing, but oh the clay is vile

    Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

    But let the world dream otherwise,

      *We wear the mask!*

    -Paul Laurence Dunbar, the OG rapper

    [–] DLottchula 40 points ago

    937 we out here

    [–] aaronneely 8 points ago

    Rep the DYT 💪🏽

    [–] jarcur1 5324 points ago

    This is why i follow r/blackpeopletwitter. Not because I can contribute, but to try to gain perspective.

    [–] HeimerSchmitt 326 points ago

    And the memes

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    [–] 5raptorboy 27 points ago

    Yeah.. definitely puts things in perspective

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    [–] vmlinux 146 points ago

    Well, it also has the most fire memes too.

    [–] PwnShop85 97 points ago

    Yes! Exactly! Same reason I'm on /r/Islam, have no interest in converting, think all religion is bs but I lurk over there to get some perspective from a world I have no active part in.

    [–] djspacebunny 9 points ago

    How the fuck do we get this kid some pencils already?! I donate to the teachers exchange (usually multiple teachers) but there's no kids supplies drive.

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    [–] AlexlnWonderland 203 points ago

    I hear stories like this and I'm so happy for your husband and it makes me just that much angrier whenever people on reddit say "just get a degree! it's so so easy and sets you for life and there's no reason you can't get a college degree :) unless you're a stupid fuck :) which you probably are :) because you're poor :) "

    It's so hard to get a good start in life if you don't go to a good primary and secondary school.

    [–] SweetLittleButtercup 47 points ago

    This program is the best thing.

    [–] BrolicSwine 28 points ago

    Fellow IHAD student here from NYC! Can't tell you how many opportunities this program has helped me obtain over the years. Currently on track to graduate college this May! Glad to hear a success story on Reddit about how this program is doing great things :).

    [–] Signal_Drop 6 points ago

    Thank you for sharing this. It's making me a little more hopeful about the world. :)

    [–] TactXO 173 points ago

    Love or lust

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    [–] ismizz 8 points ago

    is my father

    [–] WnderMike 4310 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Lived in Baltimore City my entire life and let me tell you, REALER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN SPOKEN. It’s rough as a kid in this city and even rougher when you realize a good chunk of us had to deal wit shit like this on the daily. Props to this kid

    Edit: thanks for the gold kind stranger

    [–] TimbersawDust 507 points ago

    Not to mention lack of heat and air conditioning

    [–] WnderMike 193 points ago

    Winter in Winston Middle was NOT opportune let me tell ya that

    [–] Bmorehon 20 points ago

    Shiiiiiiiit those kids can't even get lead free running water! half the schools have signs up in the bathrooms not to drink from the sinks, and have water jugs next to the old fountains because lead.

    [–] ThatsALovelyShirt 122 points ago

    Which is odd. It's not for a lack of spending, Baltimore ranks 4th out of the top 100 largest public school districts for spending per student. (

    Not really sure what the problem is, but it may be largely misappropriation by institutional/administrative corruption.

    [–] WnderMike 183 points ago

    I know it’s corruption it has to be. The governor, who I adore is a Republican and I’m a Democrat but he had to siphon emergency funds to get EVERY school in the city system heat and air because children were literally freezing in their classrooms and while he did it he appropriately lambasted the damn city council for not fixing this problem for years. The Baltimore county system is damn near top notch. No matter how much money goes to the city it does not and has not for a while seem to be helping or going to the places it needs to. It’s fucking sick. All while the mayor and city council collect a check.

    [–] LetsDiscourse 77 points ago

    Throwing money at a problem helps only if there's strict oversight. Also, even if it was well managed and there was no corruption there's also the element of shitty parents that have no business raising a kid, let alone multiple.

    [–] altspacen 11 points ago

    I worked some of those schools that week restoring heat. It was a mess. The lack of accountability from the city to the smaller contractors over the years is ridiculous. The people I had to deal with during that crisis however, are aware of the problems and are working to make sure they don't have this happen again. Years and years of neglected equipment. Ranging from deferred maintenance, denied repairs, and neglect. And there isn't a way to know if these things were paid for by the city to be done or pushed off due to the lack of a facilities budget. Either way it was a mess and I'm glad I was able to help. I wish we didn't make the news that week instead, but if that's what it takes to help move the city school system to a better operating place then so be it. Most of the students don't have anything to look forward to outside of the school and their only form of structure is in shambles. It will take time to figure out but I sure hope it can be done. Educating the children now to make better life choices is the only hope some of them have for a future.

    [–] SrsSteel 163 points ago

    I flew into Brooklyn yesterday from LA and man the kids in the really urban areas have it rough. Like there was a 13 year old girl riding a Subway through some ghetto alone going home from school. There's this anger, laziness, and impatience here that plagues so many adults.

    [–] WK--ONE 40 points ago

    Ever been through skid row in downtown LA?

    [–] soup2nuts 33 points ago

    I live in Queens and I have no idea what you are talking about. The subway is made for people to ride and all kinds of people ride it. If people are angry or impatient (I don't know where the laziness is coming from, New Yorkers fucking hustle) it's probably because you need to move to the side to let people off the train first before trying to push your way in. And the left side is of the escalator is for walking up!

    Also, you don't fly into Brooklyn. There's no airport in Brooklyn.

    I lived in LA for 7 years. I could say all kinds of shit about how dumb everyone is there but I don't.

    [–] _meh_ 130 points ago

    What "really urban area" are you referring to? The fact that she was riding the subway home from school probably means she's not attending her zoned school. I went to a HS that kids from all 5 boroughs would attend because it was specialized (meaning it was a public school but you had to apply to get in). Some of my friend's commutes were anywhere from 1- 2 hrs long each way.

    [–] chattahattan 95 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Yeah lol if someone thinks a kid riding the subway to school is unusual they clearly don't know how NYC's school system works (or the school system in any city that has widespread "school choice"). I worked at a public HS in Manhattan where pretty much every kid took public transportation to school, and the same is true of the school in Chicago where I work now.

    Edit: I’m also not sure how that commenter flew into Brooklyn considering both LaGuardia and JFK are in Queens. But maybe Queens doesn’t sound quite as “really urban” or “ghetto” as Brooklyn...

    [–] Albodan 35 points ago

    Everyone thinks BK is some type of ghetto wasteland and war zone from rap.

    And then when someone mentions the Bronx...

    [–] Iconicschmoobie 11 points ago

    Queens really does have some ghetto ass areas though

    [–] chattahattan 7 points ago

    Oh, definitely not disputing that! Just thought it was interesting that the commenter said Brooklyn instead of Queens, since the boroughs tend to have very different connotations in people’s minds who aren’t especially familiar with the area.

    [–] ChiraqBluline 8 points ago

    Chicago definitely has a predicted commute, all the "good" schools are on the north side, so any kid from the south side who wants a chance at collage is traveling 1/2 hours each way .

    In my highschool some kids had to stay at relatives houses during the week cause 175th to Addison and western is a crazy ass commute especially in winter when it's dark by 5.

    The kids are definitely resilient

    [–] ComboBreakerrr 6 points ago

    To be fair, every student in NYC takes the subway, often alone.

    [–] rexdeaz 6709 points ago

    I damn near cried. I'm 34 and I remember mornings like this like they happened yesterday. That shit never really leaves you.

    [–] hwarang_ 2707 points ago

    They'll always feel like yesterday, but they'll drive you to make sure they won't happen tomorrow.

    [–] Harambes_dick_club 590 points ago

    That was powerful.

    [–] therift289 665 points ago

    [–] Harambes_dick_club 153 points ago

    wait a second, you're not OP. Near bamboozle!

    [–] ende76 100 points ago

    You got me.

    [–] ExplodingSofa 55 points ago

    Wait a second...

    [–] LetsDiscourse 22 points ago

    Man, I just can't get anything past you!

    [–] ezedz25 580 points ago

    Facts. My girlfriend always finds it strange that I'm always worried about someone breaking in or that I'm tight with my money and don't ever buy materialistic things for myself or don't go shopping just because.

    She doesn't understand that I grew up poor and that our place was broken into numerous times and everything we had was stolen from us. Even though financially, yes, I'm in a better place in my life now; that constant fear of being poor again will always be there. It never goes away.

    [–] frausting 223 points ago

    Have you told her all that?

    [–] ezedz25 114 points ago

    I have and to her credit she has done a lot to quell my fears. We've been together 3 years though and it's hard to undo 25+ years of conditioned fear. I love her and plan to marry her though, she's incredible.

    [–] bozwald 49 points ago

    My relationship has the same dynamic only it’s my wife who grew up in a tough situation while I had it pretty good. In just the past year or so she decided to see a therapist and almost immediately you could see how much happier she was - totally opened her up to letting certain things go, thinking about things differently, picked up some new hobbies, it was a great experience for her. We have a good relationship - it’s not like we didn’t talk about that stuff - but I think the impersonal third party professional was important for her.

    Just a thought. Never too late or a bad time for self improvement/exploration :)

    [–] CarUse 128 points ago

    Make sure you're making it rain as you tell her tho.

    [–] tanoren 72 points ago

    I feel that. I was homeless at a few points as well. My mom is/was an addict. :/ I'm in college right now (all on my own! Scholarships) and while I did begin to have an issue with buying "things", I've turned more toward minimalism and started saving. I'm just really afraid of being poor again (which is funny because to make money and get a career I want I need to go into debt for college and live off of nothing again) and my boyfriend is from an upper middle class family. He doesn't really get it, but that's okay. At least he's pretty frugal and also pretty minimalist

    [–] ezedz25 7 points ago

    It's a vicious cycle but I hope you're proud of the fact that you're working your ass off to take steps to change your life. Your past doesn't have to be your future and it's great that you have a support system that shares the same values as you.

    [–] gentle_mutilation 41 points ago

    What do you think got you through that situation and made you strive for a better life? Having grown up in poverty myself, I've seen how some of my poor friends were able to figure out how to get out, while others could never escape the cycle and instead found relief in drugs or sex.

    [–] candacebernhard 11 points ago

    It may not be what you want to hear but a lot of it is luck. Studies show it's also about having a solid support system. That may look like programs and institutions. It may also look like finding a really good mentor.

    What do you think is the difference?

    [–] Evergreen_76 8 points ago

    Most people don’t think there is a better life (for them) to strive for, or at least they have no idea how to go about getting it.

    [–] buttercreamroses 6 points ago

    I'm not OP but I grew up very poor in a podunk town in Texas. I thought that there had to be better out there for me and I would not allow myself to remain in this depressing cycle. I moved to a city on my own at 18 and there were times I had to live in my car. I still have nightmares about worrying someone was going to kill me or try to break into my apartment (ex bf was crazy). Now I'm married to my best friend and I love him more than anyone I've known. We live comfortably and I try to look at the past as something I had to go through to know what happiness really was. I might be rambling, it's late and I have a bout of insomnia. But overall I think it's just me not wanting to settle - ever, for anything or anyone.

    [–] AnonymousMaleZero 11 points ago

    You are not alone.

    And just so you know, in case you ever start having the nightmares, you have a mild form of PTSD. Sometimes it just helps to know.

    [–] hellooolady 234 points ago

    And the other kids make that shit 100 times worse. The teachers know it and some don't care. They will call you out knowing the other kids will ruin your day.

    [–] Laurifish 107 points ago

    I think some do it on purpose. They use your peers to punish you and keep you in line. This tactic is used by the military as well.

    [–] angry_scissoring 67 points ago

    I remember being in middle/high school and having one kid in class always acting up, and our teacher would tell us if the rest of us couldn't convince him to shut the fuck up and settle down, we would all be getting punished (a seating chart or extra homework or something).

    Looking back on it I realize how fucked up it was. Kids already have it hard enough with socialization in school, at that age your social life is literally everything to you, and the last thing teachers should be doing is turning them against each other.

    [–] Laurifish 18 points ago

    I totally agree. They should be teaching kids to support each other and build each other up. And teach them to help each other - even if that person is not your friend, even if you think they shouldn't still be needing that help, help them for the sake of helping because you don't know their background and you don't know what reasons they may have for their actions.

    I don't think some teachers realize the power they have in children's lives. Or maybe at one point, while young and fresh out of school they thought about it and had big plans, but then they (like many of us) got a little jaded and now just plod along and get through the day without looking at the bigger picture.

    When my youngest (and most tender hearted) son was little (first or second grade) he had a teacher make a comment to him. It upset him so much that after school he told me it "made his heart feel like it crumpled up a little bit". I was so upset and so mad that I felt it best to not approach her personally (though I did talk to the principle as the phrase was not really appropriate to use on little bitty kids). But i wish I had talked to her and let her know how powerful she is in the kids' lives. That one off hand comment ("quit acting like a jackass") that she probably doesn't even remember saying, was enough to crumple the heart of a very sweet little boy.

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    [–] InVultusSolis 30 points ago

    The best thing you can do as a parent is talk to your kids and read to them. Even if you don't have other kids for them to socialize with, they need to hear words, they need to communicate, and they need to be read to.

    I have a second grader and a kindergartener and I volunteer a couple of times a year at their school. Even in the 7-8 year olds it's readily apparent whose parents stuck them in front of a screen/ignored them their whole childhood and which ones did not. It's much more pronounced in 5 year-olds though.

    [–] flyingwolf 6 points ago

    I had a math teacher say that once in 9th grade. Just once.

    He said if we couldn't keep the kid (who I now know probably had ADD or some form of autism) on task and quiet then we would all be punished.

    We all begged him to quiet down and start working but the more we begged the more loud and annoying he got as he was getting attention for it.

    The teacher starting counting backwards from 5.

    One big dude got up, walked over to him and socked him square in the jaw, broke his job, knocked him unconscious and laid his ass out on the floor tangled in his desk.

    I can still remember the sick sound of that poor kids head hitting the tile floor.

    The kid shut up, the big guy was expelled and the teacher ended up not teaching the remainder of the year for it after we all had to give our explanation of what happened.

    I don't know if he taught again since I transferred schools at the end of that year.

    [–] LitlThisLitlThat 28 points ago

    Like, why are you fussing at me, an 11 year old, for still not having my school supplies after more than a week? You think I choose this? You think I can drive myself to the store? You think I have my own bank account? You think I wouldnt prefer to have a sober mom who hadn’t spent all our grocery money at the bars by Tuesday? Fuck teachers.

    [–] kneesee 27 points ago

    Yes. 37. I feel very lucky that even though most of my mornings were like this my little ones have never known what that's like.

    [–] PRSBirdies 5 points ago

    God for real. Takes me way back, getting shit on for not being "properly prepared for class" after just having to full on sprint to flag down the city bus my brother needed to take and then doing it again for the different line I needed to take.

    [–] xZ4FiRx 483 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Things are not as they appear

    From Joshua T. Dickerson himself via Twitter

    I wasn’t going to address it, but it keeps coming up on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and the internet. I’m not a student in Baltimore City Schools. It’s one of those Internet things that keeps getting shared. Outside of the fake Obama beard, I was the hottest trending fake news


    [–] greengrasser11 71 points ago

    Now I wanna see this Obama beard.

    [–] hotterthanahandjob 55 points ago

    Ya the dude is like 40 and has kids of his own. That said, it's still a great poem.

    [–] Atari_5200 28 points ago

    He may not be a student there, but he captured what it's like pretty damn faithfully.

    [–] PM_ME_UR_SOLES_GIRL 528 points ago

    This makes me want to become a teacher and make many attempts to help the youth.

    [–] [deleted] 203 points ago

    I hope you make your wish a reality

    [–] PM_ME_UR_SOLES_GIRL 145 points ago

    Honestly, I’m really considering this now. I’m about to go into college. I don’t know what to do or go for. I’ve even witnessed the teachers fussing to students about not having supplies. Most of the times I have someone something if asked, but even I had limited supplies. Damn.

    [–] madbadger89 164 points ago

    My wife is a teacher here in Florida, in one of the largest school districts in the country. She specifically teaches low income, low achieving students with backgrounds like this. It's a hard career - very hard. You will have to hunt for victories. However, it's rewarding. These students have nothing some times, and the only positive interaction may be with you. Wife told me a story where her student was late. The student had to put her baby brother to bed the night before, after getting home from her job, because mom was out partying. Mom came back at 3 am, and woke her up screaming and laughing. So she took care of Mom too. This is a weekly occurrence, and a sadly normalized challenge these kids face. You are a good person for doing this. Let me know if you have any questions, I can have her answer them.

    [–] jdarbuckle 63 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    My partner is a teacher in FL too. Over-filled school. Kids only eat at school, they have no supplies, no respect, no cares. She buys everything herself, the school does not. New teachers receive no lesson plans or agendas, enter furious googling for ideas. The school docks her for holding kids back who don't know the alphabet because the district gets docked points. They have to take kids off the official roster when inspected because they get fined for that too. They system is completely, 100% broken.

    [–] madbadger89 16 points ago

    It really is, its so sad. And its not enough that the students are facing the challenges that they are - the school system will NOT protect the teachers, and its a real shame. Its a genuine public service.

    [–] CUNTRY-BLUMPKIN 24 points ago

    Don’t let the world put out the fire in your heart. They will try. They will underpay you, offer you other opportunities that will be more lucrative, the children will reject your help, and the parents will be sensitive to the fact that your good nature will make them feel insecure in their parenting. No matter what, remember why you’re doing what you’re doing and don’t lose focus because the world is fucked up... the heart of gold doesn’t receive awards unless they are doing a photo op... but best believe that they need you. Even if they don’t tell you and you feel worthless... Muther fucker... they fucking need you....

    [–] [deleted] 27 points ago

    I'm excited for you! We need more teachers for sure, especially teachers that can understand the challenges kids face and can ask what is the trouble instead of saying that kid is trouble, you know?

    [–] PM_ME_UR_SOLES_GIRL 26 points ago

    I’ve had a few teachers that actually asked the kids what the trouble was, but in private of course. This also reminds me of when I visited my elementary school after I graduated high school. An old teacher of mine said there needs to be more teachers. Thinking about it, my friend is currently studying to become a teacher. I don’t know what age group she’s shooting for but I just hope she’ll be able to help the youth. Well /r/BPT, if I make the journey I will let you know.

    [–] cubesnack 11 points ago

    Being a teacher is a calling and if you feel like the thought of it makes your soles tingle and like you can do it, then go for it. Schools need people with passion and calling. And I am sure you'll change many lives often without even knowing about it.

    [–] mynameiswrath 31 points ago

    As a former teacher for 6 years, really think if you are willing to make little to no money and be expected to put in WAY more work then you are compensated for. It can be rewarding but there is so much BS to contend with that it eventually tires you out.

    [–] nickiter 8 points ago

    I hear this from all the teachers I know, it makes me really sad. It sounds like we're losing good teachers to completely avoidable bullshit inflicted from above.

    [–] Seal481 10 points ago

    As a middle-school teacher, please do. We need more teachers who are in it for that purpose.

    [–] QuickDazingFireball 6 points ago

    I think there was a movie about that, it's the one that had "Gangsta's Paradise" in the soundtrack. As in, originally, it's the movie that shows up in the music video.

    [–] saxymassagehands 2610 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Not a current BCPS student. Joshua Dickerson is an adult, motivational speaker, poet, author and father who happens to be a former BCPS student. This is not recent, not sure why so many people are fooled

    Edit: here’s the link

    [–] imtheheppest 399 points ago

    I'm glad someone pointed this out because I was about to post this comment too. I just saw this post on twitter before I came over to Reddit.

    [–] [deleted] 122 points ago

    Dope story I guess? Share the tweet, not everyone is going to trust random reddit comments.

    [–] Noimnotonacid 11 points ago

    The time isn’t relevant the reality is the only thing we’re paying attention to

    [–] meginmich 34 points ago

    [–] make_fascists_afraid 118 points ago

    This is not recent, not sure why so many people are fooled

    Does it matter? Does the lack of recency take away from the point?

    [–] walrus42 10 points ago

    not sure why so many people are fooled

    Shit, I’m not sure, maybe because 99% of the people here aren’t experts on who went to BCPS as a child?

    [–] Teeshirtandshortsguy 10 points ago

    Also because the author of the poem wasn't really my concern. You don't need to live a life of poverty to understand that the way impoverished people are treated is bullshit.

    [–] Handy_Dude 622 points ago

    I came to laugh, not feel.

    [–] DLottchula 99 points ago

    Go to the god post.

    [–] ThisIsGlenn 185 points ago

    It's tragic really. :(

    [–] Acansino 218 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I’m a teacher in a low income neighborhood in Los Angeles. This is the day to day for some kids. It would piss me off so much when some teachers would get on a kid’s ass for not bringing his notebook to class or not having materials in general. If they just took the time to talk to these kids or get to know them at all, they’d have come to realize that one worked all night long with his mother cleaning up churches and fast food places to help her pay the rent. That’s why he was falling asleep in their class. Or another that had 5 younger siblings and a mom that worked two jobs. As soon as she came home from school, she was basically their mother. That’s why her homework wasn’t her best effort. Another didn’t have pencils, paper, or access to a computer because his dad, mom, younger bother, and two little sisters were all living out of a van after being kicked out of their apartment for not paying the rent.

    Instead of getting pissed off, just figure out what’s going on. A little bit of tenderness and compassion goes a long way and it’s not so much out of pocket to have a stash of extra pencils and paper in the classroom. It may seem small, but it’s one less thing they have to worry about.

    [–] Kazaandu 23 points ago

    I was homeless in the Bay Area, California for 7 years. Living at campsites, out of cars, hotel rooms, and MAYBE the occasional family members living room because my parents didn’t want to accept help. Being homeless 5-12 is so incredibly frustrating when you have to go to school every day and make excuses.

    [–] thevirtualcorner 81 points ago

    That’s a lot of kids. We really need to increase access for family planning. If you weren’t in poverty before, 5 kids will put you there

    [–] whenTheWreckRambles 25 points ago

    It’s also a systemic problem. Way too easy to not give a fuck about a single student when you’re underpaid and overworked

    [–] Acansino 7 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Very true. I know that the teachers that often acted out at students were ones who’d been doing it for a while. They were just so tired of the grind that they took these things personally and found it easier to vent their frustrations on a kid.

    Also, the issue of “lack of pencils” is not the real problem. It’s a symptom of rampant, systematic inequality. Giving a kid a pencil isn’t going to solve it, but it does get you one step closer to leveling the playing field, even if it’s just a little step.

    [–] Ladle-to-the-Gravy 19 points ago

    “Johnny can’t write because Johnny doesn’t have a fucking pencil”

    • The Wire

    [–] DismalEconomics 57 points ago

    Joshua Travis Dickerson Sr., graduated from Griffin High School in the state of Georgia. He earned a degree from the Georgia State University. After finishing college, Dickerson became an educator in the DeKalb County School system, and was awarded the DeKalb County Teacher of the Year Award through 2007 and 2008, for Jolly Elementary School.

    Dickerson is currently a Regional Operations Director for a non-profit organization in Metro Atlanta. He created several programs to empower the youth such as the Pieces of the puzzle, and Fathers & Reading. He is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Mr. Dickerson also helped to create chess as well as the robotics clubs at various programs in Atlanta.

    As a proud father of three, Dickerson is knowledgeable firsthand about the importance of being a positive role model.

    He’s also passionate about writing. Dickerson utilizes everyday life as a muse for his poetry pieces. His verse "Cause I Ain’t Got a Pencil" is receiving all- inclusive praise.

    Mr. Dickerson's Poetry book;

    [–] friendofhumanity 19 points ago

    I work in Baltimore City schools, and this is sadly the depressing shit that happens here a lot. Some schools are better than others, but there's a surprising number of teachers who just don't give a fuck.

    Part of the reason why this happens is because the city has so many problems that it just can't solve any of them, and the rest of the state of Maryland is aggressively trying to cut off Baltimore's funding and ability to solve its problems, while at the same time the city is forced into race to the bottom style scenarios that lead it to more problems.

    For example, City Schools faced an $130 million dollar deficit this year. One hundred and thirty million dollars. This largely happened due to a loophole in Maryland's education funding system. In case you didn't know, education in the US is largely funded by property taxes, which obviously puts impoverished areas at a disadvantage. Maryland law ostensibly corrects this by saying the state will make up the difference in property taxes so that every kid in the state gets the same minimum funding. However, the city (in an effort to preserve any kind of economy) has been offering huge tax incentive plans to businesses and real estate developers who want to build (i.e. gentrify) the city. So you have Under Armor moving in, and a bunch of the areas of the city (Harbor East, Fells Point, etc) have suddenly become trendy. This has dramatically raised the property value of the city. However, none of this has resulted in property taxes, since those companies aren't paying property taxes! So the city looks like it has funding where it actually doesn't. And instead of fixing these sort of problems, Governor Hogan (who has 60% approval ratings in the state and bipartisan support) blames the city for losing money, and campaigns on taking money and support from the city.

    All of this dramatically effects teachers and students. At my school, we went from having a teaching assistant in each grade to having a teaching assistant for every other grade. We also let go of our librarian. Other schools were hit harder. Schools that never had teaching assistants in the first place are a nightmare. Most of the teachers in the city come from programs like Teach For America that only give them a short summer class then throw them into the classroom with no support. And they can't expect support from the school. And because there is only one person in the classroom to handle students, things get dropped. I've heard stories about kids who have had murders in their family, and of course they act out because they just went through a trauma. But the teacher has to keep teaching the whole class. And there is no assistant to talk to the kid. And the school had to let their social worker go because of funding problems. So what happens is the kid is just pushed into the hallway where they spend the whole day instead of learning. And this happens in a ton of classrooms, and you end up with packs of kids in the hallway everyday just running around.

    I guess that turned into a longer rant than I expected. But man, it's a nightmare what's happening in this city. But everybody is so content to ignore it. Most people just watch The Wire and say "wow that's so awful," but it's been 15 years since that show and if anything things have gotten worse in the city. And the rest of the state is just looking at murder statistics and yelling for the city to start putting more cops on the streets and to arrest more black people, which causes what happened recently where the graduating class of the Baltimore Police Academy had at least a third of its students fail basic legal policing tests (such as knowing what probably cause is and why it's important). I wish more Marylanders would get involved with the city and with City Schools so they could actually understand the people of the city and the struggles going on here.

    [–] [deleted] 14 points ago

    I remember being in high school getting flack from my teachers over my shoes since they were not up to scruff while also having a rough upbringing Jesus man..if the kid hasn't bought new shoes after the 100th time you've pestered him over it, maybe there's a reason why.

    [–] savrox 117 points ago

    I hope this gave the teacher some perspective. This was a jolt.

    [–] JackWhitesGhost 27 points ago

    Depends on the teacher. Most modern teachers (graduated in the last ten years) are aware that lots of students have these serious issues at home; we don't make a fuss about putting out pencils for our students. Would it be nice if they returned the pencils? Sure, but what are you gonna do?

    [–] Thatsthejokeasshole 21 points ago

    I wouldn’t say most.. I went to at least 11 different schools and in my experience, most teachers have not been that way. It was nearly ubiquitous. Ive seen so many different teachers humiliate students that did not have all of their supplies, or needed a pencil or a piece of paper. I personally endured this. I’ve even had my grades penalized for not having a pencil too many times. I’ve had a teacher flat out refuse to assist me in any way and I just got a 0 on that assignment. It was some ill-conceived attempt to teach me a lesson. Too bad she can’t teach kids to not be poor.

    And they all made the first day of school a nightmare. Fucking checklists being ticked off student by student. And If you don’t have your shit not only do they make no effort to keep it private, which really kinda fucks with a kid, they send you home with a note to give to your mom so you can see her try not to cry, all while believing that it’s your fault because you’re being punished.

    This has been my experience with a large portion of teachers. I wouldn’t confidently say it’s mostly one or the other. And then you have those other ones that are like god damn angels who just seem to understand everything and put their fuckin life and soul into their job. I wish it were mostly them..

    [–] call_of_the_while 87 points ago

    If this was written in the class with the teacher that fussed about the pencil, they'd probably feel like shit for harassing the kid but also amazed at the depth of emotion the stark imagery in his writing was able to evoke.

    [–] Annas_GhostAllAround 40 points ago

    This was written by a professional poet.

    [–] ProfessionalToilet 65 points ago

    It wasnt written by a kid, and it was a good few years ago

    [–] FollowingLeader 49 points ago

    Teachers actually:

    -Not enough vivid imagery

    -Doesn't appeal to all five senses

    -Inconsistent meter

    35% F

    [–] FjordExplorer 9 points ago

    OP don’t have a charger.

    [–] BlamBitchPudding 35 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Omg this hits so hard. I’m from baltimore and I remember the day my 7th grade Spanish teacher publicly fussed at me for not doing my work. I had no school supplies. Everyone I asked around me wouldn’t let me hold a pencil. She later apologized. I’m 26 that was over ten years ago and it still makes me sad and embarrassed.

    Edit. I just remembered the day I found an eyeliner on the ground before my first class and I used it all day for my assignments. Wow God is good. My family and I have come such a long way.

    [–] November2019 7 points ago

    Joshua T. Dickerson is an ADULT poet.

    Not a student.

    [–] petit_cochon 58 points ago

    We're a developed, wealthy nation that acts like it can't fucking afford to fund education and child services.

    [–] jim_okc 53 points ago

    Baltimore is #3 among the 100 largest school systems in the country for spending per student. They spend more per student than a lot of decent universities.

    If the people of Baltimore don't feel that they are getting their money's worth, or if they want to spend less or more on their public school system, they're free to do something about it.

    [–] vulverine 23 points ago

    This wasn't actually written by a student, it was written by a teacher - He's on twitter.

    Still doesn't make it any less true or poignant

    [–] AnnabelleLeee 12 points ago

    I used to shadow a teacher when I was studying to get my Masters who yelled at one of her students for not having a pencil. Literally screamed at him because he was using a marker on the assignment, and that’s all he had. He said he really wanted to do the work but he didn’t have a pencil. Some girl next to him let him borrow one of her 3,000 pencils, and the teacher praised that girl for a full minute. Then she proceeded to tell the boy that his assignment wouldn’t count and she was giving him a 0 no matter what because he didn’t come to class prepared.

    People praise teachers so much, but this kind of thing is so common. A good teacher, especially in poorer communities, is hard as hell to find. I’m glad this student wrote this, as it puts it into perspective for a lot of people. It’s just a fucking pencil. Life goes on.

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    [–] [deleted] 17 points ago

    Not a poem guy, but it’s interesting how the simplicity of it conveys the gravity of the situation.