A Texas teacher has had it with her professional life and revealed in a viral Facebook post targeting parents for coddling their children that she plans to quit teaching.
What are the details?
Texas teacher Julie Marburger's post zeroed in on "disrespectful" parents who coddle and enable their children, making them nightmares to work with as a public educator.
As a result of her overall experience in the school system — including dealing with parents and children and a lack of funding — Marburger says that there's "no way" for her to do the job she was hired to do, which is to teach children.
Marburger also wrote that she has paid for many of her class' supplies as she has no budget to spend on such items. She shared photos featuring broken bookshelves, torn books, and a hastily discarded tablet to show how the student treated the property.
The frustrated teacher wrote, "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," Marburger added. "Administration always seems to err on the side of keeping the parents happy, which leaves me with no way to do the job I was hired to do ... teach kids."
She noted that one parent "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 noted that at least half of her students are failing because of missing assignments, though she said she's done her due diligence in attempting to warn students and parents alike off of skipping homework.
"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," Marburger wrote. "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."
She added that this vicious cycle is expected "because it is what has happened at the end of every other term thus far," and went on to vent her frustrations about the "measly pay" of a teacher.
According to a July CNBC report, Texas teachers make on average $55,500 annually.
Marburger added that she plans to leave teaching at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
"It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to have a classroom of my own, and now my heart is broken to have become so disillusioned in these short two years," Marburger admitted. She said that she believes in an impending nationwide teacher crisis as a result of teachers "leaving the profession in droves" over poor working conditions.
"People absolutely HAVE to stop coddling and enabling their children," she wrote. "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."
In an update to her original post, Marburger voiced her appreciation for the attention her post received and revealed that she has been flooded with messages of support from fellow teachers across the globe.
"I never intended to be a spokesperson for anything," she wrote. "I'm not the most qualified to do so, and I'm certainly not the best teacher out there, by far. But obviously my words, spoken in desperation that day, have struck a chord with many people."
Marburger amended the original post by saying that she would like to point out that she does have "many amazing, hard-working, respectful students who show up every day and give their best," and expressed her gratitude for them as well as "many supportive, loving parents."
"[M]y frustration was also in their behalf," she explained, "because the actions of some are hindering their educational experience."
She left the post's followers with three points to ponder.
"First, the education system as we know it needs reform. It is broken and inadequate for our children," Marburger wrote.
"Second, we absolutely have to hold our children to a higher standard of accountability in all areas," she warned. "Inflating their success doesn't raise self-esteem. If it did, we wouldn't have the highest teen suicide rates in history right now."
"Third," she added, "we as a society have to get back to treating one another with manners and respect. We are only going downhill with hatred and name-calling. No one wins when kindness dies."
At this time, the post has received over 400,000 shares and 300,000 likes.