Elkhart Community Schools

  www.elkhart.k12.in.us
  www.elkhart.k12.in.us

Elkhart Community Schools Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
2 Reviews
3.0
2 Reviews

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
CEO
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great working with kids, but something has to be done to change the direction our youth are going in!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Elkhart, IN
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Elkhart, IN

    I worked at Elkhart Community Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    By far, the best reason for working for any school, is having the opportunity to work with kids, improve their lives and hopefully, make enough of an impact on as many as possible, to be good student's, people and eventually adults, citizens and parents. As with most jobs or careers working with children, the pay is not great, but we all know that going in. Benefits were pretty good when I started eight years ago, but have gotten worse every year, while costing more.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are very limited, as would be with many school corporations. Most teachers understand that going in and are not interested in administration positions anyway. Time off is excellent, but structured around the school calendar. Your time off, vacations, etc., have to be planned around the same times the schools are closed. Biggest negative is the time spent dealing with student's who are discipline problems and/or who don't want to be in school. Their are so many of these student's anymore, that teachers are having to take a ridiculous amount of time dealing with them, that the student's there to learn, are being cheated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone at some point is going to have to step up and address the real issues with todays kids. Todays administrators, super intendants and school boards are excellent, for the most part, and are truly compassionate about educating children, but the amount of effort being put towards sticking band aids on the problem rather than developing a cure, is very frustrating. The youth of today, are very tough to handle due to the widespread breakdown of effective parenting. Many kids today are so enabled and undisciplined, that they are nearly impossible to control and by the time they are teenagers, maybe unreachable. Combining the lack of good parenting with ineffective discipline in schools, you have a very legitimate situation, where the kids are in control. Administrators, school boards and politicians are afraid to address the problem head on, because it would mean implementing tougher policies that would push the current envelope of "political correctness", thus, getting re-elected and/or keeping their job a legitimate risk. Improving graduation rates and test scores is important, but get our heads out of the sand and remember back to why those numbers were much better 20-30 years ago. What factors are synonymous with our children's lack of respect for anything and anyone, as well as declining graduation rates and test scores. It is clear, that the breakdown in effective parenting, regardless of the circumstances, and the lack of any kind of effective discipline at home or in the schools, is at the heart of the problem. First, Teach young adults how to parent and discipline their future children, not only by curriculum based instruction, but by example. implement policies in school, that truly deter students from behaving badly. Suspending students doesn't work anymore, because the kids rarely get in trouble at home. A three day suspension is considered by most student's as a vacation. In cases of repeated behavior problems by elementary age children, it may be necessary to start penalizing the parent's somehow. If a parent is reluctant to take responsibility for their children's behavior, then penalize them somehow by making them and their child attend parenting classes, ticketing them with a fine, or something. Effective discipline starts at a young age at home and if the parent and schools are working together, the children will understand that they need to respect the adults taking care of them and behave properly. This may mean, that getting sent to the principal's office in grade school might get you a paddling. Shame on the Dr. Spock's and other, so called "expert's", who preached that spanking children was causing more harm than good and creating a society full of child abusers and violent adults. Most of us know that is ridiculous, yet the idea stuck and now we are a society with no discipline and trending in a very bad direction. Who's going to turn it around?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    A fair school district

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at Elkhart Community Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    ability to change schools if unhappy

    Cons

    too many people with a say and no experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

Work at Elkhart Community Schools? Share Your Experiences

Elkhart Community Schools

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.