Julie Marburger had had it—and then she reached a new level of fed-up. The 45-year-old Texas middle school teacher has decided to give up teaching at the end of the school year, but in a March 28 Facebook post, she writes that she didn't know if she would "make it even that long." She explains she had to leave work early that day "after an incident with a parent left me unable emotionally to continue." And it wasn't an anomaly. "Parents have become far too disrespectful," their kids are worse, and administrators just want to keep parents happy. Yet Marburger, who teaches in Cedar Creek, anticipated dealing with more super unhappy parents soon. Reports cards were being issued later in the week, and almost half her students are failing because of missing assignments.
She called and emailed parents to try to turn things around, to no avail. "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." The root of the issue is that parents are "coddling and enabling their children," and it has to stop. Ditto the disrespect. "Most parents can't stand to spend more than a couple hours a day with their kid, but we spend 8 with yours and 140 others just like him. Is it too much to ask for a little common courtesy and civil conversation?" Her post has been shared more than 420,000 times, and she tells Good Morning America she was worried people might take offense. Instead, she's found "more support," as says she's exploring her options in terms of her teaching future. (This teacher's post about a broken chair also got a big reaction.)