A fed up teacher’s post about disrespectful students and their parents is going viral.
On March 28, Julie Marburger, a teacher in Texas, had had enough.
She posted several photos on Facebook, including a lengthy post describing an experience with a parent who criticized her for disciplining a student child.
“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?” Marburger wrote in the post.
Marburger says she has always dreamed of being a teacher, but just after two years in the profession, she’s already looking for a career change.
“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,” she wrote on the post.
Marburger also has some advice 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.”
Her post seems to have hit a chord, with more than 400,000 people sharing her post with many people commenting their support for the teacher.
Marburger did update her post to note she has many respectful and hard-working students, but she still feels there are a lot of work needed by parents and students.
“But my frustration was also in their behalf. Because the actions of some are hindering their educational experience.”