April 17th, 2012

WBI Podcast 26: Stop Attacking Teachers!!

Stop Bullying Teachers

Teachers, as public sector workers with pensions, are under attack in the U.S. The attacks need to stop for two reasons: (1) student bullying can never stop until the adult bullying stops, and (2) the best teachers inspired me to become a professor, they are among the most memorable people in our lives.

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  1. kachina says:

    I wept as I listened to this. I had a mentor (Ann) who was a mental health nursing instructor. I volunteered for several years as a “special friend” to her foster daughter…and after years of encouragement accepted Ann’s encouragement to train and work as a mental health nurse. It had never occurred to me that I could make a career out of an activity I found so rewarding.

    So many teachers provide so much inspiration and encouragement to young people. I don’t understand how it is possible to resent that. I see that as failing to value our children…the most precious treasure we have.

  2. Michele says:

    I was bullied out of my teaching job in January of this year. I am still trying to regain my dignity and working to save my home after the loss of my second income. I have no pension. I was hired as part time with no benefits or severence. I’ve had my heat, phone, Internet and electric disconnected, and trying to save my home now is taking everything out of me.

    I miss the children. I did nothing wrong, but had a bully boss and have always been a target of bullies at work. I am a misfit. I don’t fit in, no matter where I go or what kind of job. I am a goody two shoes and this makes people feel awkward, as I don’t join in at parties or fit it to their get-togethers. It was always about the children and education to me…not the social aspect of the job.

    I was told that they were worried that I would “influence the children” and because I am also studying nutrition and eat only whole, plant-based foods…I was not to tell the children this information whether they asked or not. I was to promote unhealthy eating and it made the entire situation even more awkward. I thought I WAS there to inspire and teach children to think. I was wrong. I miss the children. I am so tired of being bullied…even into my 40’s now. Thanks for this podcast.

  3. Jay Jacobus says:

    Teachers organizations should be a source of assistance. In fact, they could serve as a model for solving this problem through empowering their members.

    Individual abuse could be investigated and reported to school boards or the state. Corrective and preventive action could be identified and reviewed for effectiveness.

    Compiling statistics should indicate repeating abuse from individual bullying principals with the intent to change the behavior of those administrators.

    Affirmative action to restore victims of bullying could be taken.

    I would guess that some teacher’s organizations have already addressed bullying. Their success could be used by other orgsnizations to set up effective responses.

    New anti-bullying rules could be suggested to reduce such incidents from occurring in the future.

  4. Cliff Santee says:

    Gary, It’s been a heck of a long time since I thought of Mrs. Fischer. Seems like she was a meanie to me, but I can’t remember for sure. It’s been so long! Bullying of teachers happens at the school where I’m teaching pretty regularly. Not by an administrator that has been there for years, but a younger, newer boss that has to have it her way or the highway, especially with the more mature teachers. Over my years of teaching, I have seen a steady decline in respect for teachers from students, parents, and administrators. The profession sure isn’t what it used to be and frankly, I have had it up to here with the way legislators, administrators, and yes, even our governor dole out the b.s. that we have to put up with constantly at school.

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