Retired Teacher Writes Open Letter To Parents Blaming Them For Failing Schools

When it comes to tough jobs, we often think of the most obvious examples, such as doctors, nurses, police officers, and firefighters. Some of these jobs, especially the ones in the public sector, do not pay enough for the stress and dangers these professionals have to face. If you think about what a police officer has to deal with nearly every day, such as witnessing and processing violent crime scenes and fatal road accidents, it’s hard to imagine how anyone can cope with the barrage of those experiences. Nurses have to deal with death on a daily basis, as they will watch patients they care about die, sometimes right before their eyes.

However, a job that’s often overlooked within our society, when it comes to tough jobs, is that of a teacher. They often have to deal with a ton of stress not just from the children in their classroom but also from administrators and parents. They typically pour their lives into their work and will often buy school supplies out of their own pocket, which isn’t very big considering what teachers are often paid. These teachers may also have families of their own that they have to spend less time with so they can grade papers. Right now, the American educational system is falling way behind other countries. Perhaps this is why one teacher decided to write an open letter addressed to parents in a local newspaper to give her opinion. She said something that many feels needs to be said.

She wrote:

“As a retired teacher, I am sick of people who know nothing about public schools or have not been in a classroom recently deciding how to fix our education system.

The teachers are not the problem! Parents are the problem! They are not teaching their children manners, respect, or even general knowledge of how to get along with others.

The children come to school in shoes that cost more than the teacher’s entire outfit but have no pencil or paper. Who provides them? The teachers often provide them out of their own pockets.

When you look at schools that are “failing,” look at the parents and students. Do parents come to parent nights? Do they talk with teachers regularly? Do they make sure their children are prepared by having the necessary supplies? Do they make sure their children do their homework?

Do they have working telephone numbers? Do the students take notes in class? Do they do their homework? Do the students listen in class, or are they the sources of class disruptions?

When you look at these factors, you will see that it is not schools that are failing but the parents. Teachers cannot do their jobs and the parents’ job. Until parents step up and do their job, nothing is going to get better!”

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