It's no secret that teachers in this country are an underappreciated lot, working long hours for low pay, with little to no budgetary support, many forced to spend their own money to ensure kids have basic school supplies. Still, new dedicated and passionate teachers hit classrooms each year to try and make a difference in the lives of our nation's kids. Many do it without complaint but more recently teachers have been getting vocal on social media. Just last July, an Oklahoma teacher, Teresa Danks, panhandled on the side of the road to bring attention to the budget issues facing most teachers these days.
Late last month Julie Marburger, a sixth grade teacher at Cedar Creek Intermediate School in Texas, decided she'd had enough of "disrespectful" students and their parents. Marburger posted her complaints and an announcement that she would be "leaving teaching at the end of this year," along with some photos she took of the state of her classroom at the end of each day.
As Marburger wrapped up her comments she said:
Many will say I shouldn't be posting such things on social media...But I don't care anymore.
Marburger's rant went viral and she had plenty of support on her page — especially from other teachers:
Teaching was my passion. Now I’m just a sub. They tell us “go to college for a fair salary” unless you go into teaching. It’s the MOST vital facet to a productive society, but the least appreciated. I just don’t get it.— MaryTheSub (@SusieMarDom) April 8, 2018
“Teacher blaming 'disrespectful' kids and parents goes viral.” And so it should. Because we have all been - or are still - there. There being a place where there is no support but plenty of criticism, high expectations and demands. Cc. @MikeStuchbery_ https://t.co/7VKQUxqY5Q— Loveday (@LovedaySaumarez) April 8, 2018
She's right, this teacher. Kids in school are impolite, agressive against their teachers. The problem is the parents. They let the kids and teens rule the family home. At home, the boss is the child.— Denis Berger (@KarlDenisBerger) April 7, 2018
She’s not wrong,parents see teachers as overpaid child minders,when actually they’re underpaid child minders.Many parents view teachers as someone who works for them.— Howard Martin (@HowardMJ123) April 8, 2018
But there were those who saw things a bit differently and placed the blame elsewhere:
Then help to end the quashing of the middle class, the imprisonment of minorities, the demonization of...so so many. I’m a teacher too...empathy. But it’s not parents doing a shitty job just cuz. Life is hard. Income inequality effects all aspects of this. Also? Fund teacher pay.— @treibers (@TreiberS) April 7, 2018
The former education secretary dismissing 'experts' doesn't help promote the importance of a good education and respect for teachers.— Penny Flynn (@Lopedeloslobos) April 7, 2018
And Marburger's pictures didn't elicit quite the reaction she was expecting from some people:
No matter how you feel about Marburger's post, Laura seems to have the right idea: