When Substitute Teachers Go Wrong

Dec. 10, 2013 / By

Photo: Old Shoe Woman

Photo: Old Shoe Woman

by Deborah Juarez

Editor’s Note: This story is published in We’Ced Youth Magazine Issue #3

“You’re taking Algebra Readiness this year,” said my school counselor.

My face turned pale. I’m going to start my freshman year of high school taking Algebra Readiness? I’d taken Algebra 1 last year in the 8th grade. I never felt so dumb in my life.

My counselor said there was nothing I could do to fix my problem. My father even came to the office to talk to my school, but the best they could do was put me into Algebra 1 again because, according to them, without it I wouldn’t be able to pass the next level class, Geometry.

 At some point in the course of all this, my 8th grade Algebra teachers faces — almost all of my Algebra teachers that year were substitute teachers — popped up in my head.
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Merced and its surrounding areas have always had a vibrant population of young people. Unfortunately, too often there is a disconnect between generations that can lead to misunderstandings and a lack of communication. WeCed's aim through its program and publication is to highlight and empower youth to tell their stories and that of their communities, while providing them with the guidance and skill-building necessary to foster the development of their strongest possible voice.