Mengru interviews me in this movie toward the end. She did an excellent job filming this movie and editing it by herself.
Mengru interviews me in this movie toward the end. She did an excellent job filming this movie and editing it by herself.
Chapter 4- Sex in the school
There three types of students in Junior high school, the oversexed, the undersexed and those that did not know the difference. Generally the 9th grade students had the most hormones pumping and were of course the most physically mature compared to a 7th grader. A 7th grade girl had to really be physically well developed in the chest area in order for a 9th grade boy to notice them. 7th grade boys were still playing with yo yo and masturbating at home with Playboy magazines. 8th grade boys were the freaks of physical development. Some would be five feet tall and some would be 6 feet tall with hair growth on their faces. It was the growing spurt year in 8th grade. The girls on the other hand developed physically in 6th grade and by the time they got into 7th grade they had full grown breast and shapely legs. Makeup was a must and if their parents did not allow makeup they would put it on in the bathroom of the school before classes started.
Mini-skirts were in fashion in the 1970’s and tight jeans in the 1980’s. The mini-skirts were so short that a teacher standing in front of a class could not help but notice the girl’s underwear or shorts under the mini-skirts. A male teacher had to remember to keep looking up. Female teachers just ignored the field of bloomers. It was impossible for a girl with a mini-skirt to sit down. They had to cross their legs to hide what lies beneath. Boys were constantly distracted by the amount of leg in the isles in classes. It was a battle of the hormones for boys.
When teaching health education classes most students thought they could have sex without protection and have no problems. Some had weird ideas of what sex really was. Girls were usually more knowledgeable than the boys because girls would tell one another about sex and sexual encounters they had. Boys were on a different planet when it came to sex. They main object in life was to have sexual intercourse with a girl and ejaculate. Many never had the fantasy come true because they had no clue how to approach a girl or what to do on a date. Going steady was one way to seek security by giving a girl a cheap ring or bracelet with their initials engraved to signify that they were going out together or going steady and the relationship was monogamous. If you dated a girl or a boy more than once you may be considered “going out with one another.” Girls sent notes to one another in class talking about their dates and problems with their new boyfriends. Boys on the other hand never sent notes talking about their love life or dating. That was considered “not too cool.”
There were a few girls that got pregnant. One day they were in school and the next day they were gone. Many hid their pregnancy by wearing lose clothing and hiding their morning sickness. One large black girl qualified for the boy’s football team on a Title 9 federal equality ruling. She passed the physical test and the football skills tests knocking most of the boys to the ground with her flying tackles. She had a mean spirit and was very muscular and powerful at 165 pounds. Her classroom was the emotionally handicapped self-contained classroom that came under special education. In these self-contained classrooms a teacher and an assistant worked with only ten to twelve emotionally disturbed students at a time. Wanda was the girl’s name and all the kids feared her in her class for being physically very intimating. One day when she was in the emotionally handicapped physical education class the P.E. teacher challenged Wanda to a one on one basketball game. Amazingly she beat the teacher by two points in a 21-point game. That night after a very strenuous one on one basketball game during the day, Wanda delivered an 8 pound 3 ounce baby girl at 2:00 am in the morning. What a shocker? No one had a clue that she was pregnant. Even the Physical Education teacher was shocked. She always was a big girl and wore loose clothing and it was impossible to tell if she was pregnant or just fat. As it turned out it seems an Uncle seduced her at her home when the parents were working. He used no protection and she got pregnant. A month later Wanda came back to school with her little girl as if nothing had happened, showing the baby to the office staff and the teachers. She never came back to Cucamonga Junior High because she had to watch her baby and Cucamonga Junior High did not have an alternative school program. She was transferred to BOCES in lower Mountain High school district where all pregnant girls attended school with their babies and trouble making boys were all sent. BOCES was the Board of Cooperative Education Services which receive funds from all the school districts in Mount High to accept and run alternative High school programs where pregnant girls or girls that just had babies could complete their education and graduate while being able to bring their babies to school to feed and care for them. Regular Junior high and senior high schools were not equipped to handle babies in the classroom or have an infant play area.
The greatest sexual stigma of all is teachers having sex with students. This occurred on a rare basis but rumors swirled all the time the some male teacher was banging the hell out of some beautiful busty teenage girl who was under 16 years of age. The best place to have sex with a student was in the preparation rooms that adjoined the Science rooms and labs. The science equipment was stored in these rooms. As Cucamonga JHS started to shrink in enrollment so did the teachers and especially the Science teachers. Some of the science rooms were converted into Fine Art classrooms and regular Math or Social studies classes. These preparation rooms opened into a room on each side and could be locked with a key from the outside or locked from the inside. Custodians usually never cleaned these rooms since they were always locked with keys they were not trusted to have.
On one occasion a custodian was cleaning a science classroom after school hours around 6:00 pm, when he heard voices coming from inside a prep room. He knocked on the door but there was no answer. He continued knocking but still no answer. After he left the classroom and was cleaning down the hall Joe Bigone emerged pulling up his pants with a beautiful brunette teenage girl who was adjusting her bra under her shirt. Apparently they were both fooling around in the prep room. The custodian saw someone leave but did not recognize the teacher or student from the other end of the hallway. He did gossip to his buddies during the dinner break in the teachers lounge however. They all laughed.
On romance between a teacher in the special education department and another teacher in the Math department sparked a major problem one year. It seems a fellow female teacher in the special education department was jealous of their romance so she called in the District Supervisor of Special Education to do an evaluation of the teacher under the guise of a supervisor evaluation. The teacher was informed of the pending evaluation and passed the evaluation with flying colors. Then the word got out who called the district Supervisor of Special Education. The whistle blower had her payroll check stolen from her mailbox and that was the last time paychecks were put in the mailboxes. After that every teacher had to sign for his or her paycheck with the Principal’s executive secretary. The romance continued to the point the even the Principal became aware of it. The two teachers would sit on one another’s laps in the teacher lounge and make everyone else in the room uncomfortable.
Late in May of 1981 a custodian was opening a cleaning closet in the far building extension hallway of Cucamonga JHS only to find the special education male teacher naked having sex with the naked female Math teacher. The custodian reported the incident to his supervisor and the following day both teachers were dismissed for conduct unbecoming. Since they had no tenure they were summarily dismissed immediately. Both teachers went on to work at another school district further upstate New York the next year and their extra sexual activity was expunged from their record in exchange for their resignation letters. The gossip mill passed these stories about the two teachers for many months until the end of the school year. Some teachers said the Math teacher was giving the Special Education blowjobs everyday during her lunch break in her back coat closet. Who knows if it was true, but it made a great story just the same. The Special Education teacher’s name was Jeffrey Smarts. The expression that developed out of this incident was called “Jeff ring a teacher, “ or “don’t Jeffrey me.” It was a very personal and very funny expression that only the teachers knew about.
Teachers were instructed never to be in a room alone with a student. Male teacher should never be in a classroom alone with a female student and a female teacher should never be in a classroom. Teachers learned to be naturally paranoid when it came to touching students or getting too close. Because of a few isolated incidents with teacher-student sex scandals all teachers were on alert. It was difficult not to notice the female students unbuttoning their shirts down their chest or wearing mini-skirts that left nothing to the imagination. Once a student made up a story the teacher he or she was instantly guilty. Many times students were vindictive because of poor grades in a class and they turned on a teacher by making up a story how the teacher had abused them. It was the way the administrators handled the problems that made things worse.
Teacher burnout became an issue for many teachers who tried to survive the chaos of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Drug issues with students made teaching difficult. Social issues with Black militants, the civil rights movement, and student protests became another obstacle for teachers to cope with.
To make matters worse Administrators took it upon themselves to harass some teachers they disliked, whether they were good teachers or not, an favor other teachers who cooperated.
Teachers who had been teaching for 8-10 years had to reinvent themselves in order to survive. It stands to reason that if you teach the same subject, day in and day out for ten years you are going to get burnt out on teaching.
Teaching is a profession where motivation is everything. Teachers have to be self motivated to excel and stay ahead of the student demands. Teachers are often forced to take work home, grading exams, marking essays that are not able to be completed in the school day.
Teacher duties that have nothing to do with teaching can become stressful such as Lunch duty and food fights or student riots. Teachers were not trained to be Police or Security guards and Lunch duty could be very stressful.
For those that survived burnout they learned to reinvent themselves every year or every few years. They learned to embrace technology which aided instruction. They learned to adapt despite the social times of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s student walkouts were quite common. Students demonstrating against the Vietnam was walked out to stop the war. Black students demanding changes in the way they were treated marched out of the school. Students who felt their civil rights were being violated picketed schools and walked out. A lot of lost classroom time existed in those days.
In the Book and the Script from The Junior High 1960-1970’s, I revisit those days of chaos. From the Black student demonstrations for Soul food in the cafeteria to including Swahili in the foreign languages. Administrators were unable to cope with these demonstrations since most of the school participated. It was a difficult time made more difficult with fake bomb scares every week. Students spent more time out of class than in class sometimes. Yet in all this chaos there was some humor and some points of reflection.
Dr. Mead 7/14
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Buy the book now because I am in the process of selling it to a TV producer in a TV script form. I have written 14 episodes so far, enough for a whole TV season. The stories parallel what is in the book only with dialogue. The genre can be considered humor and drama. The main focus in on the teachers and their lives and how the administrators treated them. Later on in the series students get involved as the Gymnastic Team develops despite al odds and goes on to become a well known Gymnastic Exhibition Team the provided a positive image for Elementary students wanting to become a gymnast in Junior High.
Against the backdrop of the 1960’s and 1970’s this script reflects the problems of the times, fake bomb scares, fake fire drills, student protests, student walkouts, black student demonstrations, Militant Teachers, abusive administrators, politics in a school, teacher affairs, and humorous things that went on in the classroom.