Erin Axson, a teacher from South Carolina, said she feels “exhausted”, “frustrated” and “ill-supported” by her job and the perils of trying to communicate to parents about their troubled children.
“Not all of you are going to agree with what I’ve written. Some of you will be downright mad after you read it. As with anything, this doesn’t apply to every parent out there. I do have those of you that support me and work with me – you know who you are and you know how immensely grateful I am for you,” she clarified before she began.
“This all started as I stared at myself in the mirror one morning, wondering if I should look and feel THIS exhausted.
“Lately, it seems that many parents have adopted a bizarrely lenient attitude toward disciplining children as well as bending over backwards to accommodate their children’s every demand. It’s unclear what’s causing these parents to believe that children should be subject to no limits, no discipline, and no stringent requirements at school. Whatever the cause, these parents are, in fact, doing a terrible disservice to today’s young people and to society as a whole. And, they are leaving their children’s teachers feeling frustrated, ill-supported, and utterly exhausted.”
Ms Axson made note of the “sky-rocketing” rate “good teachers” are leaving the profession as proof that things can’t continue as they are going.
“If things continue at this pace, no one will be willing to go into teaching at all. The average new teacher these days is lasting a whopping four years before calling it quits. Those seasoned teachers that have witnessed this strange, cultural shift firsthand are dropping like flies, realising they don’t have the energy to fight this uphill battle. But, perhaps the saddest thing is that these schools are turning out children who are ill-suited to being constructive, productive members of our society.