As the daughter of a teacher, I know first-hand that teachers are the literal backbone of society. Growing up, I would watch my mother work late into the night, planning her lessons or doing little things, like laminating, that make a classroom such a warm space for children.
So when one woman wrote on Mumsnet seeking advice about a friend who made ‘snide’ remarks about teaching, I could relate to the frustration.
“I am a teacher and I am very proud of what I do. I work very hard and am relatively successful. But I have a friend who is very derogatory about teachers, making the usual digs about too many holidays, those who can’t do, teach etc. It’s very strange as both her parents work in education,” the woman wrote on the forum.
“She thinks people who teach aren’t very smart. She also thinks the job is easy, anyone can do it. I know for a fact, she wouldn’t last a day at my school.”
“We’ve fallen out numerous times over things she’s said. Once, a friend was considering retraining as a teacher and she said to her “god you must be desperate.”
“[Am I being unreasonable] in wondering what the bloody hell her problem is? I would never comment on her work or make sweeping statements about her colleagues.”
She finished the post asking for advice.
“Has anyone got a friend like this or could give me something I could say the next time she makes such comments?”