Fannie Blume attended three schools within the Philadelphia School District: Joseph C. Ferguson Elementary School at Seventh Street and Fairmount Avenue, Frederick Douglass School at Seventh and Norris streets and Douglas Stephen High School at Huntington and Edgemont streets. Blume said although she always had teachers present in her classrooms, she understands why 14 teachers failed to show up for school Sept. 7.
“Sometimes the children don’t want to pay attention and act out in class, and the teachers might not want to teach,” Blume said beneath her black umbrella. “It can get tiring with the kids now.”
Part of the distraction in school, Blume said, is partly due to things going on outside of the classroom. Though Blume doesn’t have any children of her own, she said she is still around children to observe their lifestyles.
“With females nowadays, other females are telling them to have sex, smoke or drink,” Blume said. “With kids, peer pressure can do a lot, especially in school.”
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