It’s a cliché maybe, but you really never do forget a good teacher.
Yet for however rewarding it sometimes is, it can also be an incredibly unforgiving profession, with long hours, rapidly shrinking budgets and classrooms packed to the rafters.
So when a dedicated teacher gets fed up, it’s a an indictment of how much they often have to put up with.
Julie Marburger,45, is a middle-school teacher.
She’s decided to leave teaching at the end of 2018, but following a humiliating incident with a pupil’s parent in March, she’s left wondering if she’ll make it that far.
Julie was having to have a word with a misbehaving pupil, when she took a phone call from their irate mum.
According to Julie, the mum attacked her in a "disrespectful and rude" way – within earshot of the entire class.
Fed up and at her wits’ end, Julie, from Texas, then vented her frustration on Facebook , where she shared some eye-opening pictures over the state of her classroom.
"Parents have become far too disrespectful, and their children are even worse," she explained.
"Administration always seems to err on the side of keeping the parent happy, which leaves me with no way to do the job I was hired to do…teach kids.
"I am including photos that I took in my classroom over the past two days.
"This is how my classroom regularly looks after my students spend all day there. Keep in mind that many of the items damaged or destroyed by my students are my personal possessions or I purchased myself, because I have NO classroom budget.
"Report cards come out later this week, and I have nearly half of my students failing due to multiple (8-10) missing assignments.
"I have never heard of a profession where people put so much of their heart and soul into their job, taking time and resources from their home and family, and getting paid such an insultingly measly amount.
"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?"
"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."
Julie had initially feared she’d be attacked for her candour, but as the thousands of supportive comments show, many can unfortunately sympathise with her.
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