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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pardon My Rant

Why has this year been, how can I say this, awful the worst year ever?  I might offend someone with what I have to say, but it's my blog, and I can rant if I want to.  Parents are becoming more outspoken as to what they feel we, as teachers, can teach, say, do, think, grade, wear, defend, wait did I say TEACH??  There seems to be this sense of entitlement that has gotten worse in this past year and I am sick and tired of being afraid to do what I want in my own classroom.  Not to pass the blame to anyone, but if you don't like the way your child's teacher is teaching your child, then by all means, remove them from the class and find someone who fits your mold of what a teacher should or should not be.  
I do not come into your house and tell you how to parent (and many times we know that we should), so please do not come into my classroom and tell me how to teach.  
I am a parent and I would never go into my child's school and do half the things that happen in my school.  My high school teacher friends tell me it is an elementary school thing.  High school teachers are treated like adults and elementary school teachers are not.  Can this be true?  I would hate to think that it is, but if it is, maybe I should move on and finally be treated like a grown up...

Rant over, thanks for reading.  Do your parents act entitled?  How do you handle it?


  1. Janine - soo true! Oh my goodness. I would never have thought that I would want to teach middle school but now that my daughter is that age - I'm not longer afraid. LOL We are treated like we don't know anything...if we treated parents like SOME middle school teachers do -- NOT ALL certainly there are amazing ones everywhere however. If I did not return an email - phone call etc. I'd be hung up to dry. I so want to move up. Hang in there it's almost the end of the school year. I've had a very rough year too. :o( God bless

  2. Yes, Vicky, it is almost over and we will be that much stronger for getting through another year! Here's to the summer!

  3. I completely understand where you are coming from! I have had a great year this year, and the parents are super supportive, but I've had some problem parents in the past. And, yes, they feel entitled. And I can't stand it. I grin and bear it. I rant and rave to my team. They hug me. We go to Happy Hour. I come home and rant and rave to my husband. He listens and then tells me to say stuff that I could NEVER say because I don't talk like that anyway.
    Hang in there! Summer is on the way!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  4. Yes, It's sad but true.

    Hang in there...focus on the countdown ;)

    The Learning Tree

  5. Amen, and amen, Sister! Preach on...seriously, I was beginning to think it was simply a local "epidemic" in KS. I simply do not understand the complete lack of respect we PROFESSIONALS get from other adults in the world. Not only parents, but (some) administrators and (many) legislators as well! This is only my first year, but I can already see why many teachers leave before their 5th anniversary! Sheesh:) Hang in there; those darlings need us!


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