Friday, December 5, 2008

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree....


Today I had the most awkward situation that I have experienced yet as a teacher. I was working with a student with his reading when the school sectratary came in and asked if I had called this student's mom. When I told her no and she left, the student said "I want to slap that woman in the face". I was shocked and had him go and apologize to the sectratary. As I was walking him to the office to write an office referral as I see his mom sitting up in the front already. She was waiting to speak to the principal so I just simply explained what happened and I went in to finish my report. When I came out the mom asked me to explain to her again what happened. Then she asked if he went ahead and did hit her. When I told her that it was him just simply using words, she got upset and mad At ME....for "making a big deal out of nothing". She went on to say that students should be allowed to say what they need to say, as long as they don't go ahead and follow through with it. (I know....I was shocked too).


Really at this point, there was nothing I could say that would make any sense to her. Clearly she was stuck on her point, and made it clear that teachers are wasting their time with these little issues. Now what really made me a little upset, was during this whole speech, her son was right there listening to the whole thing. It's no wonder these kids are where they are today.


Let me just go ahead and whip out my magic wand from my back pocket and fix all of these problems in a single wave. I'm sure that would make everything allright. Well...seeing as how i don't have one of those handy...i do however have a clip that i found off of youtube of a parent yelling at what seems like a pta conference. The picture quality is not that great, but you get the jest of what's going on. Enjoy.

4 comments:

robyn1011 said...

Wow I can not believe that happened. Students should have respect for everyone even if they do not care for a person. The parent should be teaching her child respect. Man what is this world coming to?

UltimateTeacher said...

I totally agree with you. However what they should do, and what they are doing, are two different things. I think the only way to get them to turn around is just to maintain what I'm doing and hope that eventually they'll see why they should always do the right thing. Hopefully that and lots of discussion will move that along.

natty241 said...

yes discussion and tazers is my first thought but maybe not everyone would subscribe to that idea so until then, I think they need more positive affirmation, catch them being good....if that ever happens.

natty241 said...

speaking of apples...hows your little one? Where are the pictures? the word below that I have to type to send this is "snerstos"