How TikTok is shedding light on students falling behind: A teacher’s perspective

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WASHINGTON, Oct 2, (Agencies): For the past few years, educators have been using TikTok as a platform to shed light on the challenges they face in today’s classrooms. However, the focus has now shifted to the alarming rate at which students are falling behind in their studies.

In a viral video posted on September 19th, a teacher from the Atlanta area revealed that a significant number of his seventh-grade students are performing academically at a level as low as fourth grade or even lower. The TikTok creator, who goes by the handle “QBskiiii,” candidly remarked, “Calling it fourth grade is being generous.”

He continued, “I still have kids who are struggling at kindergarten, first, second, and third-grade levels. I can probably count on one hand the number of students who are actually performing at their grade level.”

Following this revelation, numerous educators from different parts of the country stitched the video to share their own similar experiences. “MycahAngelou,” an educator from the north Houston area, lamented that their seventh-grade English students couldn’t meet the expected standards in reading, writing, or text comprehension for their grade level. Despite working at “one of the more affluent schools” in the area, they disclosed that students constantly asked for help with basic words like “window,” “important,” and “though,” emphasizing the gravity of the situation with the caption, “It’s hell out here.”

Another educator, known as “N.,” who also teaches in the Atlanta area, reported that their 10th and 11th-grade literature students were struggling at a 6th or 7th-grade level when it came to reading, analyzing, and critical thinking.

Many teachers using TikTok to share their experiences feel unacknowledged for the immense efforts they put into providing quality education to their students. They are grappling with increased incidents of violence and disruptive behavior in their classrooms, all while their pay remains largely stagnant.

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