Interview with Dolores Torres
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

OK, that summer of '68, you also recruited some teachers. What I, what I want you to say in the summer of 1968, could you talk about some of the other teachers that came--

DOLORES TORRES:

Well, in the summer of '68 we knew that we would have to have more teacher coverage in the school than we were going to have with the teachers that stayed, that were not, were not going to be out on the strike. And we interviewed teachers that summer to come into the schools. And a lot of them were young people. And I guess at that time, well, we called them hippies. They had long hair. The men and the women. We weren't used to that. I mean, our kids went for the afros, but these were young White people with long hair. They wore jeans. But they seemed like they weren't afraid. They weren't afraid to try something new, ah, in teaching our kids to get them to learn. Especially the reading and the math and the sciences. And we thought that they spoke our language. And they weren't afraid to come into the neighborhood. And we had a, a, one teacher, ah, he was, he was just great. He moved in with his, his wife into our neighborhood. And he found in 144 where the kids were having a problem in the special class, ah, supposedly 'cause they couldn't sit still. They were on that, I call it a narcotic, that Ritalin. And they had them on that. And after visiting the homes and having the parents take the chil—have the children examined at the hospitals, found a lot of these children really didn't need this medication. And, ah, he lived in the neighborhood for a good while. And he also was instrumental in finding out about the particular principal that we had, we had selected for 144 that he had another teacher clocking in for him while he was teaching down at Brooklyn College.