Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system….I am going to put on here the response I wanted to write to an email i got from a parent. i can not put her correspondence online, but suffice it to say she was rude, demanding, condescending, insulting, and cutting at best.
Thank you so much for interrupting my short and valuable time with your petty concerns fours days after the incident in question. An email expressing your confusion, concern, and wish to understand what occurred would have been met with far more pleasantness; however, your mudslinging and bitter tone left me a bit perplexed. Honestly, I have never before been met with such unprofessional-ism and blatant vulgarity in my life, and am surprised you felt it necessary to stoop to that level to have yourself heard. All that aside please let me address your concerns.
I do in fact believe my students, and usually give them the benefit of the doubt; however I caught your student red-handed, well red-liped, as it were. You may feel you student is well behaved and never gives anyone any problems, but you are mistaken. I will agree your student is fairly well behaved and we know your child receives good marks in school; however, your students inability to stop talking and their attitude do not make them pleasant to have in the classroom. I am also not the only teacher who has a problem with your students talking and or attitude. You may allow eye rolling, insecent noise, and laziness in your home but I, as a trusted an degree/certificate holding adult responsible for ensuring my students go into the world well formed, educated,and driven individuals, do not permit such behavior in my classroom.
Your student did not like my class because I do not let students sit like bumps on a log and do nothing all semester long. I also move students around so they aren’t always sitting next to their best friend. Oh, and I don’t favor the popular kids. Your student was called “missy” by another teacher, an offense that really was not my business, because that teacher has 400 other student that he see’s once a week and your student was probably not doing anything, as per usual in connections classes, or as you so eloquently said, “a class that doesn’t matter”; funny I would think your all A student receiving a B would matter. Or was that my study skills class at the end of each day that your student also takes with me that you were talking about? Because you have imparted on your student that none of it matters
If you can not see the value of that much of your students education, 100 minutes a day, and are so displeased that you felt telling my principal they have “the worst teachers ever at your school”; why are you still sending your child to us? You “shouldn’t have to come down here over a class that doesn’t matter”? I am glad to see your child’s education is so important.
Parent, it is possible your “little angel” makes mistakes because your child is a child. it is also possible you child while usually sweet and well behaved needs a serious priority check and attitude adjustment. It is also not unfathomable that you need to learn to breathe, take a chill pill, and learn how to address other adults. It is ridiculous that you wrote a blanket letter of reprimand to me, written to the principal including the offenses of other teacher. It is down right scoffabel that after I wrote back a very professional, unnecessarily apologetic, and well thought and written response that you came back with something even more offensive and poorly written than before. Also when a teacher offers to meet with you over your concerns saying you don’t have time for them is rude, but blaming you three year old is pathetic. My mother managed to take care of me and two brothers while pregnant with a third while my father was deployed to the middle east all while meeting regularly with my teachers and being the PTA president, so your argument is particularly invalid with me.
In closing, you are the reason your child has a poor attitude and poor work ethic. You are the reason your child doesn’t get away with bed behavior, because you are and I quote “OB-NOX-ious”. It will be your fault when you child ends up a teenage drop out, or if they manage to make it through why they drop out of college over all those “classes that don’t matter”. Also classes that form your child physically, encourage your child to think outside the box, develop your child’s ability and talent, give your child life skills, and encourage your child to excel in multiple academic and professional areas are not something you should see as a waste of time.
So please, but down the sherry and the bon-bons and actually pretend you care and stop blowing smoke because your baby got their feelings hurt and “their only free time” taken away. Spoiler alert: your kid isn’t perfect, your kid sees things their way, your kids is lazy, and your kid TALKS a lot.