As teachers across the country protest low pay and lack of school funding, a Texas middle school teacher’s call for parents to treat their children’s teachers with greater respect has prompted reactions from across the globe. Julie Marburger, 45, took to Facebook to vent her frustration after she attempted to discipline a misbehaving student by calling the pupil’s parent on the phone to report that bad behavior — while in front of the entire class. The parent, she explained, then responded to the call by insulting and humiliating her in front of her students. Nearly half her students, she explained in the post, are failing because they refuse to complete their assignments.
“Most of these students and their parents haven’t seemed to care about this,” she wrote. “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.”
In her post, she included images of the destruction she said was wrought on her classroom by her students — which included books and other materials that she had bought with her own money.
“People absolutely HAVE to stop coddling and enabling their children,” she added. “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.”
Speaking with Good Morning America, Marburger said that she was initially concerned about possible reprisals from parents after her Facebook post blew up to the the tune of nearly half a million shares. But instead, Marburger said, she was shocked to see she was receiving message of support “from people literally all over the world.”
Watch Marburger’s appearance on GMA below.
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