What's a job that you loved? What would it take for you to lose all your passion for it? For Julie Marburger, she thought she wanted to be a teacher. However, after just two years of teaching, she decided to call it quits. It wasn't the pay or the hours that got to her, but it was the disrespect of kids and their parents.
Marburger posted a lengthy rant about her experience on Facebook, and included multiple pictures of how her classroom ended up destroyed.
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 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 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. I am expecting this, because it is what has happened at the end of every other term thus far.
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?
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 the 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 of abuse of teachers stops.
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 important, 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 I once had has been wrung completely out of me. Maybe I can be the voice of reason. THIS HAS TO STOP.
The post was shared over 400,000 times, and many other teachers commended Marburger for speaking out. It garnered so much attention that the former teacher was even invited to be on Good Morning America. She elaborated on the disrespect she faced from students every day.
"We've had pictures drawn into books, books that I personally bought for myself, that students have drawn inappropriate pictures in, or inappropriate words in,” she said. “Sometimes I have students even coming and getting things off of my desk, just taking things that don't belong to them.”
Marburger has since deleted her Facebook post, though it's not clear why. I'm sure it's not helpful in a job interview though to have such a viral post linked to your name. Personally, I think all of her points are valid. Today's generation can be extremely disrespectful.