Teaching might be the most under-appreciated job ever.
And yet most teachers put their life and soul into the work they do. I know that I wanted to be a teacher when I was little, and some kids still do. But when I grew up, I learned that the pay, respect, and love given to this profession was close to none.
It seems that parents, kids and administration alike don’t give any care to whats happening to the teachers who even bring their personal belongings to teach the kids. Even though they shouldn’t have to.
However long this has been going on, teachers are still standing even though we as a society probably don’t deserve their kindness. Although it seems like one teacher had enough.
I am talking about Julie Marburger, who teaches the sixth grade and has only been in the profession for two years.
Following is her heartbreaking story.
I left work early today after an incident with a parent left me unable emotionally to continue for the day.
I have already made the decision to leave teaching at the end of this year, and today, I don’t know if I will make it even that long. Parents have become far too disrespectful, and their children are even worse.
Administration always seems to err on the side of keeping the parent happy, which leaves me with no way to do the job I was hired to do…teach kids.
She even added some pictures of her classroom.
To show how much disruption the kids cause.
I am including photos that I took in my classroom over the past two days.
This is how my classroom regularly looks after my students spend all day there.
Keep in mind that many of the items damaged or destroyed by my students are my personal possessions or I purchased myself, because I have NO classroom budget.
I have finally had enough of the disregard for personal and school property and am drawing a line in the sand on a myriad of behaviors that I am through tolerating.
Unfortunately, one parent today thought it was wrong of me to hold her son accountable for his behavior and decided to very rudely tell me so, in front of her son.
Does this seem like the work of kids who respect this teacher?
And then she went on to explain how everyone blames the teacher when their own kids fail.
Report cards come out later this week, and I have nearly half of my students failing due to multiple (8-10) missing assignments.
Most of these students and their parents haven’t seemed to care about this over the past three months, though weekly reports go out, emails have been sent and phone calls have been attempted.
But now I’m probably going to spend my entire week next week fielding calls and emails from irate parents, wanting to know why I failed their kid.
My administrator will demand an explanation of why I let so many fail without giving them support, even though I’ve done practically everything short of doing the work for them.
And behavior in my class will deteriorate even more. I am expecting this, because it is what has happened at the end of every other term thus far.
Even though it is probably their own fault.
This just goes to show how parents treat the teachers of their children.
I have never heard of a profession where people put so much of their heart and soul into their job,
Taking time and resources from their home and family, and getting paid such an insultingly measly amount.
Teachers are some of the most kind and giving people I have ever met, yet they get treated so disrespectfully from all sides.
Most parents can’t stand to spend more than a couple hours a day with their kid, but we spend 8 with yours and 140 others just like him. Is it too much to ask for a little common courtesy and civil conversation?
The one person who spends the most time with their children.
And this story is truly heartbreaking.
It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to have a classroom of my own,
And now my heart is broken to have become so disillusioned in these short two years.
This is almost all I hear from other teachers as well, and they are leaving the profession in droves.
There is going to be a teacher crisis in this country before too many more years has passed unless the abuse of teachers stops.
But sadly I don’t believe this will change anything.
Every parent wants their children to be successful in life.
People absolutely HAVE to stop coddling and enabling their children.
It’s a problem that’s going to spread through our society like wildfire.
It’s not fair to society, and more importantly, is not fair to the children to teach them this is okay. It will not serve them towards a successful and happy life.
But how can they be successful if you don’t stop coddling them?
After all, the truth may hurt, but it is better than a fake lie.
Many will say I shouldn’t be posting such things on social media…
That I should promote education and be positive.
But I don’t care anymore. Any passion for this work I once had has been wrung completely out of me. Maybe I can be the voice of reason. THIS HAS TO STOP.
And so she ends it with a simple message.
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