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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That kind of ethnic mix plus poverty in other cities often leads to Blackboard Jungles marked by early dropouts, drugs, delinquency, gangs, minimum-wage jobs and futility.
Without discipline or the threat of it, classrooms did indeed become "blackboard jungles" where a tiny minority of unruly children could openly disrupt lessons, talk back, be insulting and successfully challenge and be contemptuous of authority at every level.
And, yes, we are all too familiar with the movies that depict schools, particularly urban schools as "Blackboard Jungles." But, let me make it very clear that the Columbine High School and the "Blackboard Jungles" of this nation are very much the exception, not the rule!