blackboard jungle

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blackboard jungle

1. Schools viewed as a broad group or category. The term implies that they have many pitfalls and difficulties. After working in the blackboard jungle for 20 years, retirement is much more appealing than continuing to teach multiplication tables.
2. A school in which the students are particularly unruly. Teachers keep quitting because that school is a blackboard jungle. You have a good chance of being physically harmed if you teach there.
See also: jungle

blackboard jungle

a school, or schools in general, with violent and uncontrollable pupils.
See also: jungle
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WHEN secondary pupils launch a flame-thrower attack on their school and carry weapons into class, it really is a Blackboard Jungle.