I'm currently a 5th and 6th grade teacher. I had a student a few years ago who was a sweetheart, but would CONSTANTLY miss school. She suffered from some sort of anxiety disorder. I had a real soft spot for her so I did everything I could to help, which included allowing her to leave in the middle of class to call her mom when she felt anxious, allowing her to sit and eat lunch in my room because the lunchroom was too loud and hectic, playing games with her at recess because the other kids didn't want to, etc. I mean I bent over backwards to help this girl. Well, that year this student missed 87 days of school, and that's not including the days she came in late or the days she left early. At the end of the year we had a meeting with her parents to tell her that she wouldn't be passing to the next grade because of all the time she missed (I did inform her parents of this many times throughout the year). Her mom proceeded to rip me part for not teaching her daughter enough, not giving her enough work to keep her motivated, etc. She would not even think about the fact that if you added up all the time she missed it would be close to 100 days of school. I still to this day don't understand if she truly didn't get it, or was legit mentally ill to think her daughter would be doing well while missing 3/4 of the year. (Source)
Said they thought I had faked my chemistry degree. Admins did not support me either. Ended up having to take a somewhat informal test administered by a doctor who was another one of my students' parents to prove I had in fact studied chemistry. Actually f_cking happened. It was in my second year. (Source)
This is one of my mother's (MANY) stories from 25+ years at an inner city school: Kid is acting tired and weepy, says his head hurts. She allows him to lay his head on the desk and rest most of the day. she allows this on a fairly regular basis because lots of her kids aren't getting sleep at home/ police raids/drive by etc.. As the day goes on he's not acting like he feels any better so she goes to the office to call the grandmother (mother isn't listed) She gets grandmother on the phone & says " Xxxxx is saying his head hurts & really doesn't seem to feel well at all - has he been sick? Did something happen?" Grandmother "yeah, ever since that car ran over he head, he been having them headaches." (Source)
I had a parent teacher conference for a student that was acting out. Parents were not together and DESPISED each other. Dad made it top priority to come early and let me know that his child was a one night stand baby, mom was a drug addict, and that he conceived a child with the devil. This was my first year teaching. I was a very innocent 22 year old kindergarten teacher. Later that year the child attacked a little boy's grandmother. (Source)
Many years ago I taught at a university that had pretty liberal acceptance standards. So a student comes in with his mom who explains that he is doing poorly because he had a fever when he was a baby which gave him brain damage. The kid was sitting right next to her and I felt really bad for him. This is college so anytime a parent comes to a meeting it is unusual but this stands out as a really strange meeting. (Source)
I had a parent take me through the principal, the superintendent, and the school board arguing that I should take this kid's late homework over a month after it was due. And saying that the fact that I wouldn't take it has turned him off to school entirely - and I'm the reason he was failing. He had a 1.5 GPA before my class... the homework would have taken him from a 65% to a 67%. That's only if he got a 100% on it, which he very obviously would not have gotten. He was a junior in high school at the time. (Source)
I didn't hear this but it was repeated to me by a teacher I worked with when I was a student teacher in an eighth grade class. This one kid came from a fairly wealthy family with a father who was always off on business trips. He was a good kid but would act up sometimes. The teacher, principal, and the kid's father had a meeting to discuss his behavior. In the middle of the meeting the father says something along the lines of, "I just wish he had a father figure in his life." I later ran into the kid and his father at a fast food restaurant. The kid was super excited to see me, father obviously didn't give a shit and barely looked up at me. (Source)
Not me, but a friend of mine is a teacher, and she said that at a parent teacher conference there was a grandma that came, and during their session the grandma blurts out, "she's a rape baby, you know. Nobody wants her, not even her mom. That's why I have to take care of her." Just really unnecessary, and heartbreaking. She said the grandma was really callous and obviously didn't want to be there. (Source)
I called home about a test grade, as I was required to do. The mother's only response was, "I know my kid is an assh_le; don't call me again." I kind of liked the kid. I was just calling about a grade. That was my first year teaching, and it really changed the way I look at my students. (Source)
I'm a high school math teacher. About 12 years ago in February I gave my students (freshmen) an optional assignment where they could write a two page report on a historical black mathematician. I even gave them a list of about 45 to choose from.
One kid turned his in and it was clearly copied & pasted. His lone source was "Yahoo!" written in pen in the margins. The links from the web page he copied & pasted were even still underlined on his paper. I had already had a few mild run-ins with his mom, so before calling her I got a counselor to witness the call on speakerphone. I called his mom to explain the situation and to let her know that I would have to write him up for plagiarism. Her response: "Well you didn't say in the directions he couldn't plagiarize."
The counselor and I just stared at each other dumbfounded. The poor kid didn't stand a chance with a mom like that. (Source)
I teach first grade in a very poor area. We went on a field trip and the cost was $12.00 per student. We do have a fund set up for students who can't pay, but we try not to advertise that fact because then every parent wants a free ride. Anyway, I had one student who couldn't afford to go, so I told the parents I would take care of the cost. They immediately want me to pay for both of them to go as chaperones on the trip (another $15.00). I explain, very politely, that we do not pay for adults to go on field trips.
Next day, they called to complain that I was discriminating against them because I wouldn't pay for their tickets. (Source)
I was teaching some girl who wasn't too intelligent, she was in bottom or lower sets for all her classes and generally being a pain. There was potential but she chose to be stupid constantly. At parents evening I told them the situation and her mum said 'So is she smart enough to get into a top University?', bearing in mind she was about 12 at the time anyway at this stage so I've no idea. Her dad immediately shouts at the mum and says 'I told you not to ask that stupid question, how on earth would Mr so-and-so know that?'. They just ended up having this great big domestic argument in the middle of parents evening while I just sat there smiling politely behind my desk screaming internally. I f_cking hated parents evenings when I was a teacher. (Source)
10 year old boy whispers to a 7 year old girl "suck my d_ck." I told the mother about the situation and was trying to come up with ways to handle it in the program with her involved. Her reply was "it's not a big deal, he's just being a boy". That was one of 3 incidents for the day. The other two were telling a younger boy he wanted to kill his parents and the other was when he punched a kid in the knee. My heart goes out to him and I am 100% sure it's his mother's influence. He's such a good kid with a great heart when he is away from mom for a period of time but when he goes back with her he's completely different. He is now getting help, still struggling but I can see a bit of a difference. He's also involved in sports now and has met a male coach that has single handedly turned this kid completely around. To all youth coaches out there, you really do impact kids lives more than you could ever imagine. Thank you. (Source)
I used to teach ESL in Korea. Had a parent call to request we keep the shades drawn all hours of the day as she was worried the sunlight coming through the windows was making her child's skin "darker than the other children's." I wanted to tell her no but my co teacher actually made me do this to please her. Most depressing semester ever. (Source)
I once had a student in my daycare class tell me about how he "drank bleach" to whiten his teeth. Of course, to me, that was concerning so I voiced my concern to his mother. She just rolled her eyes at me and said, "He doesn't "drink" it. He just swishes it. I watch him. It's not like I would let him swallow it. What kind of a parent do you think I am?!?" A pretty f_cking bad one if I'm being honest. (Source)
Not a teacher but I work at a daycare.. we had a little girl come on boasting about her lice she has (she's 6). We called the mom to come get her because no trace of lice can be found before they can attend the after school program. When the mom came to pick her up she said "the one rule was for you NOT to tell them you had lice" (Source)
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