The story continues at Aaron Burr High School with the first day of school. In case you missed the first chapter, here is a link to it.
The school district, in its infinite wisdom, has provided a half-day of training on how to be “successful teachers” during the soon-to-start school year. In reality, this much-anticipated professional development session ends up being pretty much a total waste of time. Pete remembers a few of his boring and totally inept professors from his university days.
Perhaps Pete and the staff would be better served to use “Welcome Back, Kotter” as an orientation for what is in store for all of them. They could watch past episodes of this iconic television series. Learning from the shenanigans and antics of Vinnie Barbarino, Arnold Horshack, and the rest of the Gabe Kotter’s dysfunctional classroom headaches, they would be better served than recalling educational psychology in an aging textbook from their college days.
Last year’s senior class graduated less than half of its students. Therefore, the entire school has been placed on third-degree probation by the State Education Department. A “perfect storm” sets up the school year to be an impending disaster for Pete and his very “green” and unproven colleagues.
The opening day of school arrives without much fanfare. Pete feels both nervous and excited—dearly wanting to jumpstart his teaching career on a positive note. Hmm, does anyone hear a bulldozer’s engine running behind the school (ready to begin demolishing the ancient building)? Well, maybe not quite yet!
Aaron Burr’s student body is dominated by the sub-culture from the streets outside of the school building. Sadly, the administration can do very little to control the unruly students or maintain any type of discipline. Pete and the newly arrived staff do not see what’s coming their way—a film, with a disaster theme, would be a more appropriate setting!