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One day, a tough-looking young lady came into my class. Looking at her file later on, and hearing her talk in the hallway, I learned that she had been sent to my school for a reason. She'd been involved in gang activities at her old school and took pleasure in beating up other girls.
We had to keep our eyes open continually for any violence and praise any small movement toward the positive that she made. Through continuous reinforcement, she made it through the year and her grades improved.
The more challenging assignments in teaching bring more hazards: being injured breaking up a fight, having a car vandalized, and possibly being shot, among others.
Hazard pay is traditional for those who work in many other fields. When you have increased responsibility, you have increased pay. This is a standard equation almost everywhere except in education.
In education, every teacher gets …