Inner-City Schools Challenge


Many teachers under the J1 visa program are assigned to inner-city schools.

"Inner-city" means an older and central location within a more populated city than other areas. Inner-city schools are those found in neighborhoods primarily serving students belonging to low-income families.

Parents who may do drugs or who are in jail. Families who live thanks to food stamps from the government. Their communities have a diverse and multiracial population. It is common to have kids who have little grasp of English. And inner cities have high crime rates, and peace and order are a significant problem for authorities. (Yes, parang mga students sa Hollywood movies!)


#1 Will you take on this challenge and teach in the U.S. knowing the profile of the students?

#2 How would you deal with classroom management where a LOT of behavior support is needed because BEHAVIOR is a significant concern?

Please share your responses in the comment section below. Yes, these are also some of the questions school districts will ask during your interviews.

Bonus Question:

#3 Knowing all these facts, is the U.S. dollar still attractive and worth it?


  1. 1. As a teacher I am ready to accept all this challenges not to impress the author but in reality as I experienced in teaching. As a teacher we are accepting the students whether his or her parents a criminal or drug pusher or whatsoever. Part of being a teacher to find the background of every learners.
    2. In my thirteen years of experience d in teaching here in Phillipines. We are experiencing this situation, as a teacher we are not only teaching them academically but also a good moral or character.
    3. We know the value of dollar and we know it is worth and attractive to reach our goals and dreams in our life and to our family.

  2. Yes, as a teacher I will take the challenge even if what classes their parents are? My only concern being a teacher is to motivate my students on how could I transform their behavior to be a good citizens of the country, to become professionals someday for their own good and remember and as a good teacher and a good motivator.

  3. For num. 2
    While behavior is the most significant concern for students, as a teacher the three (3) C's must be applied like: CONNECTION, COMPASSION and CONSISTENCY. Connection for the parent, Compassion is for the student to understand their behavior, while consistency is to have you as a teacher to be compassionate w/ your students. Just like your own children.


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