No one ever said that being a teacher was an easy job. To the contrary, it has to be one of the hardest jobs out there. Not only do teachers need to deal with twenty or thirty students at a time, but they also need to deal with a new set of kids every year. That means teachers need to be able to figure out dozens of personalities every year and manage them.
Teachers can become frustrated when things become tough. And who can blame them? But everyone knows that signing up for a teaching job is not easy – especially given how little American schools value and pay their teachers. Teachers, along with other public servants like firefighters and police officers, deserve a pay raise.
45-year-old Julie Marburger is a teacher at Cedar Creek Intermediate School in Texas. Not only does she have to deal with “rude” parents and “disruptive” students, but she also has eight children of her own at home. She is inundated with children.
But Marburger has been forced to quit her job. She simply cannot handle the responsibility anymore – not because she doesn’t love teaching, she does, but because students are so disrespectful, she spends all her time in the classroom managing their behavior and so little of it actually teaching students valuable things.
She has quit her job and turned to Facebook to explain her take on the “poorly paid” profession and how she had “no way to do the job I was hired to do… teach kids.”
Marburger’s Facebook post has gotten more than 320,000 likes and 400,000 shares. She posted photos of her untidy classroom. The Texas educational facility has broken shelves and a shattered iPad. Her students simply do not respect anything. And because her state gave her no budget, she was forced to buy many of the destroyed items from her own paycheck.
She wrote in the viral post: “I left work early today after an incident with a parent left me 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.”
Because her students and their parents treat her like trash, she has decided to move on to better things.
“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 behaviors that I am through tolerating.”
Many of her students failed on their report cards because they do not do their assignments.
And she is tired of giving so much and getting nothing back.
“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. Teachers are some of the most kind and giving people I have ever met, yet they get treated so disrespectfully from all sides.”
What do you make of her teaching confession?