Dear ‘Lunchbox’ Teacher,
I am sorry that this is how you are now publicly known, that your unwanted claim to fame has become the centre of a debate that was already highly contentious. And now you have inadvertently become its centre.
I am sure when you gave your feedback to the child’s mother that this outcome was the furthest from your mind. I am sure you were just trying to do your job.
You probably didn’t really want to get involved but didn’t really have much of a choice. But because of a lack of understanding and those too quick to judge, this is how it has panned out – unfairly and unjustly and very, very publicly.
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But know this: as an ex-teacher myself I feel for you and I sympathise. You were just trying to do the right thing, and you were not only on the receiving end of an unnecessarily harsh and rude note from the student’s mother, but now you have been thrown into the spotlight by her decision to post it on social media, where your action is being debated around the country.
I want you to know that you don’t deserve this. But unfortunately, it seems to be part and parcel of being a teacher.
Why? Because as teachers we can’t ever get it right. Even when we are. Teachers are either viewed as the ever-complaining, always on holidays, overpaid educators that should just get on with their jobs and be happy with our ideal working situations…or we are not doing enough to prepare students for their future, failing them in numeracy and literacy, not prepping them for testing situations, and not teaching them “real-life skills.”
Then there are some that don’t think we support students enough wellbeing-wise – with their bullying complaints and friendship fallouts – or aren’t challenging those students with higher IQs enough and pushing them to their fullest potential.
And now, according to ‘Lunchbox Mum’, we should not be getting involved with what our students eat and we must definitely keep our opinions to ourselves because evidently, we share them too much (even if we are asked or mandated to) and this is not allowed.