Don’t think this is a piece only about schools in Milwaukee, either public or private. I got responses from suburban schools where the same issues are seen, and from across the state. People working in affluent areas said behavior has gotten worse in their schools, as well.
English language arts begins. You pull out the engaging lesson. Some students are excited to learn. One student refuses to listen. She throws her notebook on the ground. Another student decides he does not like how his neighbor is talking to him, so he begins kicking him. Another student mocks another for no apparent reason. A fight breaks out… You keep on trying to put out fires all day long. The emotional trauma is overwhelming. This is only the first hour of a very long week.