Julie Marburger in Texas left work early on March 28 after an incident with a parent left her “unable emotionally to continue for the day”.
Marburger knows people will say she “shouldn’t be posting such things on social media” but the Cedar Creek local “DOES NOT CARE”.
“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,” she wrote.
“Most parents can’t stand to spend more than a couple hours a day with their kid, but we spend eight with yours and 140 others just like him. Is it too much to ask for a little common courtesy and civil conversation?”
The primary school teacher was planning on leaving the profession at the end of this year – what would be her third year teaching – but is now considering bringing her quit-date forward.
“Parents have become far too disrespectful, and their children are even worse,” she wrote. “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.”
Marburger says limited classroom budgets mean teachers often pay for classroom supplies and decorations out of the own pockets.
She also shared images showing items and bookshelves she says were damaged or destroyed by students. “These are my personal possessions or ones I purchased myself,” she wrote.
Then, there are the report cards.
Marburger says she’s been forced to fail several students this term after they didn’t bother handing in assignments, even though she chased and reminded them (and their parents) frequently.
She’s concerned the students won’t be disciplined for their disappointing report cards, instead it will be she who receives the backlash.
“Most of these students and their parents haven’t seemed to care about this over the past three months, though weekly reports go out, emails have been sent and phone calls have been attempted,” she wrote.
“But now I’m probably going to spend my entire week next week fielding calls and emails from irate parents, wanting to know why I failed their kid.
“My administrator will demand an explanation of why I let so many fail without giving them support, even though I’ve done practically everything short of doing the work for them.”
Marburger says she “expects this” because it is “what has happened at the end of every other term thus far”.
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Marburger’s not making the decision to leave teaching lightly, and says she is “heartbroken” at the reality facing people in her profession.
“My heart is broken to have become so disillusioned in these short two years,” she wrote.