Julie Marburger has had enough.
The Texas-based woman had always dreamed of being a teacher, but just two years into her teaching career she’s ready to quit.
“It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to have a classroom of my own,” she wrote on Facebook.
“And now my heart is broken to have become so disillusioned in these short two years.”
Marburger is currently a sixth-grade teacher at Cedar Creek Elementary School in Texas.
She went on to explain that an incident at school that day left her “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.”
Along with her message, Marburger posted some photos of her classroom from the previous few days.
Many of the items in the photos, which Marburger had purchased herself, had been destroyed by the students.
“I have finally had enough of the disregard for personal and school property and am drawing a line in the sand on a myriad of behaviours that I am through tolerating.
“Unfortunately, one parent today thought 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.”
Marburger also said that nearly half her students were failing due to missing assignments – and that neither the students or their parents seemed to 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.
“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 eight 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 off her post with a message to parents.
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“People absolutely HAVE to stop coddling and enabling their children. 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.
“Many will say I shouldn’t be posting such things on social media…that I should promote education and be positive. But I don’t care anymore. Any passion for this work I once had has been wrung completely out of me. Maybe I can be the voice of reason. THIS HAS TO STOP.”
Marburger’s post has already been shared over 400,000 times and many people have commented sharing their own stories.
“Katelyn lost her 5th grade teacher mid year… just didn’t come back one day. She had been repeatedly threatened by a student, with physically violent acts. I’d walk away too. I can’t blame you either. This environment sounds abusive really,” one person commented.
“I was in the exact same shoes yesterday. I left in tears too and most kids saw me. Many of them were sympathetic but some cheered and said they were happy I was leaving as I walked by crying,” someone else commented.
“This is exactly why my wife walked away from finishing her teaching degree. You’ll have my respect if you take a stand and tell your administration that you aren’t coming back tomorrow or ever again. Someone has to draw the line and start making the statement that spineless administrators are going to have to stop kissing entitled parents asses,” another person commented.
Are you a teacher? What do you think of Julie’s message?