Who Will Save Boston's Inner-City Children?(continued)

by Jeanne Belovitch



Woodrow Wilson and in part, explain their actions.

“The Whites are afraid in this school,” said a 13-year-old black boy. “It's like a zoo, here. The Blacks are jumping the Whites for their money.” “My teacher just sits there reading the newspaper,” said another boy. She talks about her dates, and shows us pictures of herself in a bathing suit.” “There's not enough discipline, here,” said a girl. “I don't like it here because teachers don't know how to teach,” complained a girl. “Teachers keep being layed-off. They lay-off good teachers,” explained another girl. “ We need tighter security. People come with knives,” said a young Hispanic boy. “All the teachers do is put problems on the board. They never explain them,” said another boy. “I wish the room was quieter, and the teachers bigger. I wish we had more security, “ a frightened boy explained. “I don't like having substitute teachers. We never learn anything.” said a boy. “

There's a lot of prejudice in this school. A person will go up to a black person and call him nigger. A black person will try to steal a white person's money,” explained a boy from Puerto Rico. Another girl expressed here concern about layoff, “All the teachers are being layed off. You don't know if teachers are coming back.” “We don't learn anything because teachers can't control the kids,” said a boy. “I'm afraid sometimes, being white,” admitted a young boy. “I wish I was at another school,” summed up a boy who recently moved to Dorchester from the South.

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Teachers congregate in the two teachers' rooms looking as if they just got off the front line in a war they are losing. Perhaps if they had adequate tools, each day wouldn't be the battle it is for them or their students. But Woodrow Wilson is deficient in the essentials of teaching: books, paper, and pencils. For the school year 1982, Woodrow Wilson submitted a $2,000 book order which was never filled. The majority


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