A Secret Life of Mom Highlight Story: Sometimes there are stories that can help raise and maintain awareness of important subjects. That’s why we scour the archives and bring some of them back to help keep parents in the know. They may be touching, and even make you shed a tear, but they are meant to keep an important message alive. This story is originally from April 2018.
Who’s to blame for the behavior of naughty kids, parents or teachers?
As the 2018 report card season came, Julie Marburger was in her second year of teaching. Which meant, she knew what to expect.
“I’m probably going to spend my entire next week fielding calls and emails from irate parents, wanting to know why I failed their kid,” she wrote in a Facebook post that had went viral.
In the post, she brought up the parents vs teachers debate. From her horrible experience as an educator, she pointed at the parents. “Report cards come out later this week, and I have nearly half of my students failing due to multiple (8–10) missing assignments. Most of these students and their parents haven’t seemed to care about this over the past three months, though weekly reports go out, emails have been sent and phone calls have been attempted.” 
Nevertheless, she awaited the onslaught of phone calls and emails blaming her for the poor grades. And that was just the beginning of her troubles.
Disrespectful Parents and Naughty Kids
Bad grades were just the tip of the iceberg. A particularly difficult day inspired Marburger to write her emotional post.
“I left work early today after an incident with a parent left me unable emotionally to continue for the day,” she began. “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. Administration always seems to err on the side of keeping the parent happy, which leaves me with no way to do the job I was hired to do … teach kids.”
Ending her young teaching career was a gut-wrenching decision. “It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to have a classroom of my own,” she wrote. “And now my heart is broken to have become so disillusioned in these short two years.”
Her post resonated with people, especially fellow teachers struggling through similar issues of poor funding, naughty kids, and difficult parents. The support backs up Marburger’s statement about how droves of teachers are leaving the profession. She predicts a crisis in the education system unless there are some drastic changes.
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Stop Coddling and Enabling Naughty Kids
One of the changes has to come from the parents who are quick to blame teachers for the shortcomings in their naughty kids — and sometimes the shortcomings in their own parenting skills.
“People absolutely HAVE to stop coddling and enabling their children,” said Marburger. “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.” 
Marburger attached photos to her post, depicting how the kids mistreat the classroom. Because of the nonexistent classroom budget, the ripped and broken books and props are purchased with Marburger’s personal funds.
“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.”
The incident that inspired the post involved a mother who acted disrespectfully to her in front of the class.
“I had a student who I had an issue with and decided to call his mom while at school and she was disrespectful and rude to me on the phone in front of her son,” she said. “And I actually had the class right there with me too and they could hear what she was saying and it was quite embarrassing.”