The title pretty much sums what I'm feeling right now.
Before I drag you into my negativity, I have to tell you that this is a teaching-related post. So nothing wicked for you readers in need of wicked entertainment. Just how wickedly dumb and lazy my kids are.
Yes, sue me for calling my kids dumb. DUMB DUMB DUMB DUMB. DUUUUUMB.
Not because they can't understand/read a single word of English.
But because they are sent to school, given pocket money, and blessed with the best, young, hip, dedicated teacher (or so I've been told) - and they took that for granted. They are frickin' illiterates for Ghandi's sake. Why won't they just make use of that opportunity? When kids in Africa are dying to get an education? (pun intended)
And that makes them so dumb I could shoot my legs multiple times and they'd still be drifting away in their own world, just coasting along till the last day of school.
And in typical Malaysian fashion, who is to blame? Their parents? The system? Themselves? Me?
I'm out of my wits already.
I'm currently teaching my at-risk kids how to read, like they've never been to primary school. Even if I have to spend time with each individual kid, pointing at each word and teach him or her how to pronounce it. For all the 50 goddamn English words. That's how dedicated I am.
I even promise them to treat them at KFC if all of them manage to improve their next test marks, even if they still fail, even if it is just a 1% increase.
They could at least meet me halfway.
Not all of them are lazy dumb though. In fact, most of them, especially the alpha males (the boys who always try to get your attention by making lots of noise and say the most inappropriate things e.g. calling me 'darling') are the ones who are psyched with this reading project. And that makes me feel like a hero.
Then a complete zero when I come to these few quiet kids who just don't give a damn. Yes, I'd take foul-mouthed, rambunctious kids who give a damn rather than the silent, no-fuck-giving kids any time of the day.
I've demerited them like a hundred times till they are eligible to go for the next Hell Camp, and I've kicked them out of the class like for two weeks now. But what kind of educator I am if I deny their lazy ass of an education for the whole year or two?
So yeah, I'm out of brilliant ideas already.
So please, enlighten me - I know most teachers are reading this - how do you handle demotivated kids?