Dealing with kids is a tough job.
As a teacher, you’re underpaid, underappreciated, but always overwhelmed. Especially in public school.So a retired teacher took it upon herself to shed some experienced light onto the subject. She wrote a letter that was later published in the local newspaper. The response it got was… Mixed, to say the least.
The letter, written by Lisa Roberson, reads:
As a retired teacher, I am sick of people who know nothing about public schools or have not been in a class-room recently deciding how to fix our education system.
The teachers are not the problem! Parents are the problem! They are not teaching their children manners, respect or even a general knowledge of how to get along with others. The children come to school in shoes that cost more than the teacher’s entire outfit, but have no pencil or paper. Who provides them? The teachers often provide them out of their own pockets.
When you look at schools that are “failing,” look at the parents and students. Do parents come to parent nights? Do they talk with the teachers regularly? Do they make sure their children are prepared by having the necessary supplies? Do they make sure their children do their homework?
Do they have working telephone numbers? Do the students take notes in class? Do they do their homework? Do the students listen in class, or are they the sources of class disruptions?
When you look at these factors, you will see that it is not schools that are failing but the parents. Teachers cannot do their jobs and the parents’ job. Until parents step up and do their job, nothing is going to get better!
As you can see, it turned a lot of heads. Some were in agreement.
But others were adamant that it was the teacher’s responsibility.
But unfortunately, those against the statement need to go back to school. School lasts 8 hours, and there are a multitude of teachers, and usually two parents.
Others were offended by being blamed.
And some were a chorus of applause
It seems like this will remain to be a hotly debated topic for years to come.
What do you think? Which side are you on? Do you agree with the teacher or the parents?