Teacher's advice for 'disrespectful' children and parents goes viral
Harsh, but fair.
Being a teacher has got to be one of the most rewarding, and yet frustrating, jobs going.
You get the joy of teaching children new things, while also having to take the brunt of whenever they decide to misbehave.
You get a classroom to call your own, but if there's a lack of funding you may have to buy everything for your classroom yourself.
You get some great holidays, but you also take your job home with you.
It's tough but all you can do is hope that it's worth it in the end.
One woman, however, who's finding that it isn't worth it is Texas teacher Julie Marburger.
Julie has already decided to give up teaching at the end of the school year due to how "disrespectful" both her students and their parents can be, but lately she's been wondering whether she can even wait it out that long.
On Facebook, she wrote:
"I left work early today after an incident with a parent left me unable emotionally to continue for the day. I have already made the decision to leave teaching at the end of this year, and today, I don't know if I will make it even that long.
"Parents have become far too disrespectful, and their children are even worse. 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."
Julie went on to share a couple of photos of the way her classroom is left on a regular basis - essentially, destroyed.
She also said that when she confronted a mother about her son's behaviour in class, she was told: "... it was wrong of me to hold her son accountable for his behaviour and decided to very rudely tell me so, in front of her son."
Julie went on to say that a lot of her students are failing and that she's doing everything in her power to help them but the administration refuse to help her.
She said teaching was always a dream of hers but that she just can't go on with it anymore.
"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?"
The teacher finished her post by offering some advice to the parents of these children she has been teaching.
And, understandably, she did not hold back.
"People absolutely HAVE to stop coddling and enabling their children," she wrote.
"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's post has received over 300,000 likes and 400,000 shares.
It's probably safe to say then that most people are in agreeance with her.