What do young criminals and failing students have in common?
Increasingly, the answer may be a lack of parents setting positive examples at home … and the disrespect and disorder that happens as a result.
The epidemic of entitled youth who are not taught basic respect at home was what one teacher decided to vent about on Facebook a few weeks ago, and her heartfelt post quickly went viral.
Julie Marburger is a teacher in Rockwall, Texas. At least she is for now: The frustrated educator has decided to leave the teaching profession at the end of the year, and her social media post which has been shared nearly half a million times explains why.
“I left work early today after an incident with a parent left me unable emotionally to continue for the day,” Marburger began in her public post.
“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,” she explained.
The teacher didn’t go into full detail of exactly what had prompted her to make the sobering post, but it was clear that a lack of respect from students and their parents was behind it.
“Unfortunately, one parent today thought it was wrong of me to hold her son accountable for his behavior and decided to very rudely tell me so, in front of her son,” the teacher stated.
Marburger went on to explain a disturbing trend of parents who show no interest in holding their children responsible for schoolwork or behavior, yet suddenly attack teachers when this results — predictably — in poor grades.
“Report cards come out later this week, and I have nearly half of my students failing due to multiple (8-10) missing assignments. 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 stated.
“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.”
Schools used to be challenging environments meant to actually prepare students to be successful adults, with the education and demeanor expected in a fast-moving country. It wasn’t so long ago that slide rules and serious textbooks were the norm, and America’s education system was the envy of the world. Not anymore.
“People absolutely HAVE to stop coddling and enabling their children,” the haggard teacher declared.
In so many words, Julie Marburger slammed the liberal atmosphere that puts “feeling good” above anything else, no matter the cost.
“It’s a problem that’s going to spread through our society like wildfire,” she continued. “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.”
We’ve all seen the examples: Whether it’s participation trophies meant to protect kids from the real world or race-fueled outrage for students of certain skin colors to be held to lower standards, the evidence of the problem is everywhere.
“Inflating their success doesn’t raise self-esteem,” Marburger pointed out. “If it did, we wouldn’t have the highest teen suicide rates in history right now.”
She’s absolutely right. While the left acts as if “social justice” and endless spending is the answer to educational problems, America’s schools are heading for disaster.
The answer, at least part of it, is to teach personal responsibility, respect and pride in one’s behavior again … and that begins not in the classroom, but at home.
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