Are you kidding me...
I wake up this morning to hear an irate parent is taking legal action for a teacher using scotch tape to remind a student to stay in his seat. The reaction from the mother was,
"... But she (Tomchak) gets paid vacation and my son is too upset to go to school? I don’t think you should be allowed to treat students that way.”
Paid vacation.... Paid vacation... Your logic in destroying another person's career is that you are bitter she gets two months off to see her family. Wow. The reaction of the hosts of the show was that they couldn't understand why anyone would want to be a teacher.
I completely understand the expectation of professionalism and putting the children first at all times. But I also have seen teachers attempt to be humorous with their students and that is what this scenario looks like.
How much tape are we talking about? I assume it was just for show...
It's just crazy to me that we will have another educator thrown out of their chosen occupation on account of situations that are blown out of proportion. It makes it scary to try to teach these children.
And the children seem to have inherited this sense of entitlement from their parents. I have had at least five students tell me they are going to sue me. Not when I did anything wrong, just to tell me that they could. I have had just as many tell me they will just make something up to get me in trouble.
I don't let that phase me much, kids say many interesting things; it is just interesting that they are receiving the message at home that teachers are not to be respected or even listened to, that they are sub-human creatures who are only there to please you.
The attitudes of some parents is just frightening. One of them came up to one of our elementary teachers (who comes to work at seven and stays till nine at night on most days) and told her that she was a "Glorified Babysitter" and that since he pays taxes, He owns her.
That seems to be the logic these days. Education is free, and everyone is entitled to access it, we even feed the children for free in the classrooms, I just think some parents are just waiting patiently with their lawyers on speed dial for any indication that someone has made a mistake. No conversation, no negotiations, they just swoop in and don't stop until everything that person has worked for their entire lives is completely destroyed.