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Teacher Goes Off On Parents For ‘Coddling and Enabling’ Their Kids

Lets face it, there are a ton of thankless jobs out there, those jobs that other seemingly take for granted. Among those I feel are Firefighter, EMT’s, and even school teachers. Think about it for a minute, a school teacher is immensely underpaid, and extremely taken for granted, which is quite sad because they are the ones in charge of our children all day long and their education.

One Texas teacher by the name of Julie Marburger, who is a sixth-grade teacher, seems to have finally had enough, it seems the way kids are nowadays have been so much of a burden, and so completely out of control that she took to FaceBook to air her grievances. She even said due to the actions of children, and the lack of parents that actually care, she will even be quitting her teaching job at Cedar Creek Intermediate School. Her post took the internet by storm, but sadly has since been deleted. Here is how it went:

“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.

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. 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.”

Julie even went on to post photos to her FaceBook page showing how the kids have completely destroyed her classroom, text books, and anything else they can get their hands on, and worse, when she tries to talk this over with parents, they don’t seem to care.

Julie ended her rant with a huge message for parents:

“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.

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.”

Julie’s post reached a lot of people, and was shared over more than 350,000 times. This teachers passions, and frustration was felt from all sides, including from other people in the teaching profession. Here is what some other people had to say about her post.

One person wrote:

“This is exactly why my wife walked away from finishing her teaching degree. You’ll have my respect if you take a stand and tell your administration that you aren’t coming back tomorrow or ever again. Someone has to draw the line and start making the statement that spineless administrators are going to have to stop kissing entitled parents asses.”

Another said:

“I’m with you girl. You read my mind. I was in the exact same shoes yesterday. I left in tears too and most kids saw me. Many of them were sympathetic but some cheered and said they were happy i was leaving as I walked by crying. I, like you spend about 20 hours outside my contract time a week doing everything I can to be the best teacher possible and spend hundreds of dollars out of my own pocket every year to have the supplies I need to give these kids the best educational experience possible. I thought I could make it another 7 weeks, but after yesterday I’m not sure. I’m taking today and tomorrow off to figure out my options. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Please do the same for me!”

Talk about a sad state we are in, when we are causing good teachers to completely rethink their profession. Good luck to you Julie, and all those teachers out there doing a thankless job, but educating the next generation, let’s just hope the parents start to discipline their kids before it’s too late.