Education should be all about the children. Sadly, it very rarely is…
1. “I had a parent come in and yell – yes, YELL – at be because their student was doing poorly in my grade 10 biology class. This student never came to class and rarely handed in assignments. I had tried many many times to engage the student, but he just didn’t give a crap.
She told me I was “purposefully” failing him. Well, yes I was “purposefully” failing him. He did not work, so as much as I was “purposefully” failing him, he was “purposefully” failing himself.”
2. “I had a 14-year-old student that was reading at a second grade level. I had him read aloud out of a 3rd grade literature book to me, in private, because he couldn’t be trusted to read it on his own and then we answered the questions together and he had to write out the answers. The whole time he would complain or just refuse to even do it.
His father called and complained to the vice principal that I had been too hard on his son and was “trying to fill his head with ideas.”
Sorry for trying to teach your kid how to read.”
3. “I once had a student hit me. I reported the student and they were suspended. Mom was adamant that I had made the whole thing up, even though it was witnessed and there was photographic documentation of the mark it left.
The next year, that student’s sibling was in my class. Mom had them removed after she found out because ‘this teacher has a clear vendetta against my children.’ The sibling was really upset and tried to say that I was always nice and helpful, but mom wouldn’t listen. She thought I was just lulling the sibling into a false sense of security before striking.”