"My son was in third grade and we just suffered a full year of what our
country's education system is really all about...poor teachers,
administrators who lie to protect them, and parents who don't pay
attention. My child was supposed to be in a self contained gifted
classroom...you might think that there was staff to support those needs?
NOPE! It's sick. He went backwards. We were lied to about the "enhanced
curriculum"...yet it seems that I was the only parent in his group that
noticed it was not enriched, but in fact a backwards step from his FIRST
grade class....not a typo...FIRST grade!!! He ended up with a horrible
attitude about school (used to LOVE it). We are forced to move to another
school....THAT"S how bad it really was. Will we most likely be facing more
of the same? This school claims it is a full time gifted program. Or am
I being lied to again about the "enrichment"? I used to be a pretty low
maintenance parent (ex-teacher myself) until my son was RIPPED!
OFF of his educational rights. The more I tried to intervene the worse
we were treated. His teacher was lazy, unprofessional, incapable of
complementing her students, lacked any form of classroom control, taught
via videos, NEVER checked student's work, did NOT follow the
curriculum...need I say more. I ran into a child at our "future" school
who is now entering sixth grade. He ( a child mind you) is so angry at
this woman because he says he learned NOTHING and has suffered two years
because of her in trying to catch up!!! Gross!!! She is a young woman
trying to raise a family and obviously is not CAPABLE of being a
successful teacher...my son was screwed. Principal was of zero support.
Seems it's all about protecting staff versus what's best for our children.
I will be doing some research and joining ANY movement organizations out
there to put an end to this rediculous system. I will not stop
advocating for these kids who deserve better.
"This article was so discouraging. So the truth is we, as parents, cannot
protect our children and their education from bad teachers. There is no
hope. This is so sad that I cannot believe it really happens. My
children are the most important thing to me and I can't protect them from
a bad teacher. Sad.
"My son is excellent from all aspect but unfortunately he met a psycho
during his first grade. The teacher has problem to communicate with
parents, have no heart to love the kids and have no effort to teacher, no
homework throughout the whole year, My son always tell me that she always
screaming in class without any reason, and frightened kids even to cry.
And she only hug girls that she like.... My son always shows unwilling to
go to school and Thanks god, the first grade is finally coming to an end,
and we will eventually fly away from the bitch . I am thinking about
writing to the school, school district to make an effort to fire this
bitch, together with other parents whose kids were also suffered from her.
"My son is in first grade in the middle of the school year she left for
maternity leave and now its the end of the school year, and berly two
months ago she send me a letter saying he wasnt on reading level and he
was going to be retained in first grade my problem is why during all the
school year i was never informed about this? my brother is going through
the same problem with his child on reading except hes been having meetings
with the teacher and they have been working with him for a while. What can
i do so my son wont have to repeat first grade please help!
"I really don't know what to do! My child just finished a science course
and most of the year was filled with videos and looking at animals. We
brought it to the attention of the teacher, administration, and other
parents. The teacher believes the book is only a supplement to hands on
teaching. My child has a 99 in a class and on national testing scored
below average on all science sections. I am very upset, some teacher's are
not held to standards!
"Do you think that teachers should be allowed to...
1 clip there nails in school
2 use there cell phone while teaching a class (txting)
3 chew gumm
4brush there teeth
5 eat and then talk with there mouth ful "
"My son unfortunately is being bullied by his teacher and when I tell the
principal or confront the teacher....OF COURSE it is my son who is the
problem. they are robots and I get the same answer from all the way up to
super intendent...OMG searching in my area for a new school. he has missed
out his entire 5th grade year and gone from A to F I am so sad for him...
hopefully we can make up things during summer "
"i am really hoping someone will help me pretty please...i over heard a
kendergarded mom at the store (all upset) saying that kay's teacher from
last yr. was at it again....so i called the princible and told him about
it and said i will let the media know if i hear it again...kay still will
not let her know teachers if a kid hits her and i don't want any other
kids to feel like kay... there is suposst to be (no bulling in school now
)!!!!!! and i am pretty sure that the school will mot get her to stop... i
will do whatever u wont me to.. if i can get someone to stop her.
"Bullying between children will never stop if the adults around them act no
better. It's sad that teachers aren't held more accountable for their
actions (or in-actions, as it were) especially since they should instill
confidence, self-esteem, fair judgement and values in our children. What
of teachers for special-needs children? I really don't see how they fit
into these neat little boxes. Special needs children often have trouble
'adapting,' and these types of teachers are in no way a 'good' experience.
I believe there needs to be a more rigorous scrutiny and evaluation
process for these teachers.
"My granddaughter (who was overweight) was bullied by her male PE teacher
in 8th grade. Made her work harder than the other kids. One day he called
her out from another class in the rain and made her run the track over and
over again alone. We were horrified. School did nothing but give us a
voucher from the city thrift store for a new pair of sneakers. "Tenure"
was their answer. By the end of that year she had lost a tremendous amount
of weight. she is 18 yrs old now and at this writing she has been in and
out of eating disorder facilities for years. She is 5'6 and weighs 61 lbs
and is curently being hospitalized.
"I have a problem with Social Teacher. She is sloppy and recently
misplaces the student's works and willing to give zero without consider
situation. Dealing with her is hard. She is stuborn and tent to over her
power toward my kids. Involve principal is effect a short period time,
then things go wrong again. Could anyone give me direction to correct her?
"Ok. We have done all the things listed in this article, about the mean
teacher. This teacher is a 10th grade High school teacher, calls the
students retarded when they don't understand the math problems and in her
own words she told them that they should already know this stuff and she's
not there to teach, she's there to give them notes. When the students ask
questions, she doesn't want to take the time to help them, and tells them
they're useless. I have been to a parent/teacher conference with this
woman, she made remarks about the kids that weren't very nice...I've
talked to the principal about her, his advice was to talk to her. Other
teachers in this school have the same opinion as the kids do about this
teacher, they disagree with the way she teaches also. But the school is
doing nothing to solve this problem. This woman needs to quit teaching,
most of her students are failing, my daughter has her class and she shares
it with many seniors because they failed her class!
. I wish I could move and take my daughter to a different school
district, but unfortunately I can't do that. What do you do when the
school refuses to acknowledge the problems? My daughter is now failing
math, she has never had problems in school, has always had good grades and
an honor roll student. Help.
"If Parents only knew---my 7th grade teacher told us that your first sip of
coffee was your first step toward the Electric Chair. Did we repeat this
at home? Of course not!
"We are going through this right now. Unfortunately the principal is also
a problem herself. To me a "ship" is only as good as it's "captain". If
she is allowed to behave the way she does and talk to parents
disrespectfully how can we expect the teachers to act any differently.
We've heard many parents have complained to the super. about her yet she
still has a job. We will be moving our kids out of this district school
system. It's very unfortunate that we feel our children can't go to their
own schools because of poor teachers and administration. The union is
good in some ways but when it comes to bad teachers and bad administrators
keeping their jobs it is not. These are precious children. If you aren't
in it to do all you can for them then get out! There are other people who
would love your job and be better at it.
"i have a teachere who is to old to teach and she is hate full and i want
ur help closeing my school down because are school is out of hand at this
"My teachers curse andd yell at us. One smokes in her classroom, and one is
on her phone the whole time and yells when we take notes in class. We tell
our parents, but the either dnt care or the school doesn't do anything.
Btw, this is an elementary/middle school i go to. Cant wait til i leave.
"Report the teacher to the DCFS(Department of Children and Family
Services) from your state. You will have to give DCFS your name but if you
can have a group of parents give their names also, it will give
credibility to your case. Verbal abuse by teachers should be reported to
the government agency so they can investigate, question the teacher, bring
it to the attention of the administration.
"There is a lot of these kind of teachers in schools. Most of the time
principles support these kind of teachers. Sorry to say but this is so
"It is an unfrotunate process to get a Teacher Ousted or Discplined within
the arena of how they are tenured and backed by a union. What most people
don't always readily comprehend, that although the fight may be a right
thing to do, the consequences can be grave for the effected child. My wife
and I are currently dealing with a "Bad" teacher issue at WTS in East
Porter County, Indiana, in the middle school. No matter what we do, it
always to appear it is the "students" fault. So beware of challenging a
School Corporation, they are powerful and have difficulty discplining
tenured teachers ... SAD STATE but it is what it is.
"Hm...sounds like what ms. R is doing to me... she humiliates me so much I
don't even want to go to school? Why do people wonder why I don't want to
school? I'm going to injure my foot and make myself get sick so I don't
have to go tomorrow.... she humilates me for forgetting ONE homework
"A student who chews their fingernails and eats pencils, must learn there
is a difference between hiding in the bathroom, and apologizing for
insulting classmates to gain attention. Costing the class the
respectfulness that others have by applying standards, and depriving
others of food for the soul, becomes problematic when the other student's
can not accept their environment, as their choice becomes to continue with
class work under conditions that are damaging and painful, or to trust
that the school will report its failure to comply and console with
effective training skill.
"its not true, other parents dont stand with a colored childs family..and
inspite of telling a school such as the chappaqua school district also,
nothing was done to the teacher..the child was not given a new class.
"At Cabell you have thrid grade teachers who threaten to hit students with
rulers. Who bully children and scare them. It's one thing, if one child
says mommy or daddy please don't write a note I don't want to get in
trouble. It's a new ball game when you have a lot of students saying the
same thing. They are afraid to erase answers because they get in trouble.
The teachers slam their hands against desks to get the kids to jump. It's
imtimidation and talking to them does not work because they deny, deny ,
deny. I have talked to former students of theirs who recall the same
treatment. Slamming kids in chairs, roughing them up. It's ridiculous
and still the school admin does nothing. They won't transfer my child and
my child cries every day because she has to be abused. If it were a
parent doing the abuse, we'd be in jail. But teachers get a pass.
"I've endured schools filled with ineffective, bullying teachers whose only
love was for their paycheck and job security. Kids were nothing more than
a resource to those teachers. I've been on the receiving end of abuse by
some of the NEA's finest. When teachers are dealing with kids, they know
they have a captive audience. That makes it easier for the bullies and
harder for the kids. My challenge to any teacher reading this is: talk
face to face with an adult who will tell you how full of crap you are.
Raise a hand to that adult and see what happens to you. Go on. Try it.
That's right. you won't because displacing your aggression onto the most
helpless -the children- is so much easier for gutless losers like you,
isn't it? Do yourselves a favor. Don't let me catch you picking on a
child. Ever. I'm big, I'm tough, I'm strong, I'm trained, and I'm
righteously pissed off at those who bully children.
"As a teacher, I like your approach. I much prefer to have a parent
approach me with questions about what is going on, as opposed to telling
me what is going on, since they aren't there. It is also critcal that the
first contact be with me, and not with my administrator
"I wasn't going to comment on this article. However, we just started
having problems with a teacher that has been on the parental "bad list"
since one f my older children had her three years ago. She was allowed to
stay "on probation" after my daughters 7th grade year. Four years later,
she is now picking on my son. Other parents have told me she has had
their child in tears. What to do? She pulled my 11 year old son aside
during class to go through his notebook. She muttered something under her
breath that included the word "hate." He now believes she said she hates
him. Then, she proceeded to tell him that he would never be ready for the
quiz the next day and definitely not ready for the test at the beginning
of the next week. We went over the work when he came home (right after
her class, he went to the office and had them call me so that he could
come home. He said he was feeling sick) and he knew exactly how to do the
math she was saying he wasn't ready for. !
I am so angry. My husband had to send a few emails and he is going to
handle the situation because this particular teacher doesn't appear to
like me either. This is a private school where we pay upwards of $20,000
per year for each child. I have had three older children come through
this school. We've had great, good, and terrible teachers. It just seems
to me that the rule of thumb should be "Don't be a teacher, if you don't
like kids." Really, telling kids they are stupid, that you hate them, or
that they will not be able to pass a test is not acceptable. This teacher
picked a bad time to mess with another one of my kids. I have had enough.
"My son told me his teacher was mean. He started acting out in class and
his grades fell. I spoke to the teacher and found her to be nice. So I
believed her. The next year my son acted out and was difficult. He didn't
say his teachers were mean, but he acted out anyway. The third year he
said he had another mean teacher. This was the same school--so this time I
went in because after speaking to the teacher and the principle I was
convinced my son was becoming a real problem. Well--I walked into the
class unanounced and stood in the back. Neither the teachor or my son saw
me. I was horrified by what I saw. She spoke to him in such a nasty way
you could tell she just hated him--then he responded in the same tone she
used on him. Then she said she was sending him to the principle. I cleared
my throat and they both looked at me. I shook my head, told my son to
gather his things and went to the principle's office. I couldn't get his
class changed so I went to the school to "superv!
ise" the teacher and my son --daily-- for the rest of the year. My
point-- sometimes teachers are nice to parents and seem convincing that it
is all the child, but when people aren't looking they can be the
instigator. It took my son two years of decent teachers to return to
normal and get his grades back up. One year with a bad teacher impacts the
child for many years. Keep that in mind when you talk about "problem
children". Children aren't naturally problematic--they are TAUGHT to be
" I have a child who is in high school. The teachers are really great at
teaching, its when they are coaches that favoritism sets in. After 3 years
of listening to the teachers/coaches same speech our child decided to quit
sports because she said the talk doesn't mean anything, she has her
favorites & that's it & you can not change her mind. And I had to agree.
We also have a problem of favoritism with the counselor/teacher, now she
really has favorites & if your not one, you can forget getting help from
her. No amount of talk has helped to change her attitude( this includes
how she treats other employees) & now she is also an assistant principal.
She is to spread out to do a good job with any of them. Our child doesn't
attend the school at a daily bases but is doing Running Start( which we
had to do all the paper work & be on her to get her to sign what had to be
signed by her, which by the way is suppose to be her job) but when she has
to talk to the counselor every quarter!
she makes our child feel dumb & stupid yet her GPA is 3.89. I'll still
keep up the fight to get her out of our school, but it is a battle, but
for the future kids it'll be worth it.
"My child had a teacher who failed in previous her career as a "therapist"
but was lucky enough to land a teaching position in Walnut Creek,
California. She proceeded to practice her therapeutic strategies on the
children in her care. She incorporated an enormous amount of physiological
intimidation in her daily assault. I complained but the damage was already
done to my child. I hear that she is now taking her medication. Again, too
late for all the kids she had abused prior. Changes need to be made in how
California deals with these type of teachers.
"I have had the same issues with my oldest son...He wasn't doing well in
school because I wasn't doing my job at home...I was excusing his
behavior...Or I was in denial of his situation...Well now he is online
school...So I do everything with him..I spend close to the same amount of
time working with him as I did when he was in public school...He is
exceling...He is performing above grade level...So what I would like to
know what is different? Answer nothing other than taking the teacher out
of the equation...Parents you know your child and follow that instinct
when it calls out to you...
""The writer seems to be implying that parents have no responsibilites to
help ther children at home."
Help does not mean TEACH, correct? What I did I needed to teach at home,
what was not done at school. Anyone can imagine doing the same after
I saw a good teacher, once. It's rear phenomena.
"I have four children and unfortunately this happened to my oldest child
and my youngest child. With both cases, the child got pulled out of that
school at the end of the school year and went to different school the next
school year. Mind you, the two schools with difficult teachers were
private schools and pushed the idea that the oldest needed psychiatric
help and the youngest couldn't read. No matter that the oldest had a 4.0
gpa and the youngest had an assessment done showing that he reads above is
grade level. We encountered high handedness from the Principal to the
couselors and unfortunately the children had to suffer during that school
year. But note the teacher in question for both cases were either released
the next school year or quit. My children transferred to public schools,
the oldest graduated and is in college and the youngest one is 6th grade
and thriving. What ever happened to keeping the childrens'
education/interest/well-being first at school?
"How about the teacher having a bad student?? In most cases the student
which the parents are in denial that their kid was the problem. I worked
with all the the teachers at Ensign and they all are great and put up a
lot with disrupting kids. And the Principal being ineffective to correct
"I didn't find this article too useful. I am dealing with a teacher that
has been in the same role for 20 years. I just had to go in and question
my son's grades from his interm report were different from the papers he
was bringing home. His teacher is very defensive when you speak with her
and she overall does not seem like she is very well educated. I asked to
have my son moved and was told not at this time. The other 4th grade
teacher seems more open and friendly.
"Are u kidding me ?
The public schools are under funded ?
Why must that myth be thrown into this -
WE spend more $$$ then we EVER did on education - yet the results are FLAT
!! Why u ask ? It cones down to teachers !
& teacher Unions ! They are bad for education.
Teachers PAY by the HOUR WORKED are close to if not more then RNs - and
CPA s . Yet we are programmed to to feel sorry for done of these folks -
I urge you to take a look at many Charter/Magnet Schools results !
Most blow public schools away ! Why you ask ?
Cause If a teacher there doesn't do their job - they don't have to spend
hundreds of thousands of dollars to remove them !
I have never heard if a job ( unless it's union ) that u can't be fired if
you suck at it !
And on top of that - these non union schools cost Thousands of dollars
less to operate per child - and many of these schools operate much longer
days - most till 4 or 5 pm teaching. Do u really think today's tenured
teachers would agree to that ? NOT !!!
It's time that we as parents stand up and demand that our kids are
educated the best in the world and it shows that they are being short
changed and we are being over charged !!
"God,that is SO true...and Lincoln, unfortunately, has a few bad teachers
AND assistance principal. I am SO glad that my children are out of there.
"I cannot agree with you more that there are bad teachers out there but it
is important to keep in mind that most often we lack the support of
parents who want to blame everyone for their child's lack of performance
in the classroom and behavior issues as well. I can't tell you how many
times the tables have turned back on me as the teacher being blamed for
students not doing homework and assignments and their behavior problems in
my classroom simply because it just couldn't be their little Johnny..
Good and effective communication is necessary but more important is the
parent/teacher support system.
"If the student is in elementary school, perhaps it would be acceptable to
have a parent-teacher meeting without said child, but in high school and
probably middle school, that is simply not appropriate. Many students
elaborate on and skew the stories they tell their parents. Mostly, they
are trying to get out of "being in trouble" by finding a way to make the
teacher appear to be at fault. Without the student in the room, the truth
is more difficult for some parents to discern. It is my policy never to
have a parent meeting without the high school student present, unless
there is an issue that is extremely sensitive or the parent refuses to
"I would like to read something about the difficult to prove the
inconpetence of a teacher an the power of the union that mantain bad
teacher working even if it is clear that they don`t have professionalism,
and ethic to do so.In the public school system, who is the person who can
really do something efective about a bad teacher?
"Regarding mean teachers, I am thoroughly disgusted that this situation is
allowed to continue. And continue it does.
My child had a football coach as a teacher in a triple AAA public high
school who was doing very well bullying the kids on the football field to
championships..He didn't stop there and was known by the kids for his
rediculously rough tactics in the classroom (with a closed door allowed, I
might add). Once my child and another told me how rough this teacher was,
including telling the kids daily they were stupid- mforcefully and to the
point where the kids NEVER wanted to irritate him- I called the principal.
Let's just put it this way: even though the teacher had to go through some
type of counseling, he remained in the classroom and later, I heard he
continued the behavior. I pulled my child from that school.
I was so incensed that I contacted Pacer, the organization dealing with
bullying in schools..and wow, I am amazed how quiet the response was.
I have 5 teachers in my immediate family, with the utmost respect for the
teaching profession. However, there is a HUGE elephant in the room and it
is time to speak up!
"my son has a great teacher this year at East End Elementary in
"Considering that one parent swears BY a teacher and her neighbor swears AT
the same teacher the waters become quite muddied. Two years ago I had a
similar 'wetting' incident and was called to the office. The mother was
very upset, but two months later I learned from another student that no
such thing happened. This was junior high. Never did tell the principal,
but should have.
Oh yes. I was taking attendance when she asked so I told her to wait. Hey,
we are three minutes into the period and she has to . . .?
Then she spent half the period in the hallway talking to someone from the
school paper.??? Lets deal with 'bad' teachers. Meet with them
personally. Close knit schools are difficult to breach so you might have
to even go to the press when superintendents don't cooperate. Second last
resort? See other parents whose child shares the same teacher. Good luck,
and teach your kids the Mozart Effect.
"I have been very lucky in the last 4 years. All of my grandsons teachers
have been great, not good great. Having transferred to a Spanish Immersion
School was the best thing we ever did. Every one in the school is
bilingual and there for the children not a paycheck. Three of them were
asked to help another school dig it's way out of the ditch it dug itself.
They all said no since they are at this school where parents choose to
send their children, work to get them there. I realize that we are truly
lucky but we all work towards a positive goal for all the students in that
school, not all teachers can say that. They ride the students to get them
to achieve what is possible for each student.
"Where is the article about how to support a good teacher? Parents don't
have a clue how to do that more often than they will EVER encounter a "bad
Ed. Note: There are a few on our site, but here is a recent article about
the value of great teachers:
"No bad teachers at all' as far as I know. He likes his teacher!
"the incidence of "bad" teachers is probably low yet you choose to have
this website... why? It's not that complicated to move your child if your
child out of the "bad" class.
"First and foremost, I am very sorry to hear that your child has such a
poor teacher at Vanderlyn. In fact, I'm shocked. I went there years ago
and had no problems. I am disappointed you are having such a tough time.
I assume you have told the principal and nothing has been done to rectify
this problem. I would reccommend you call Dick Williams, the publisher of
The Crier, and let him know what's happening at Vanderlyn, a school with
such a "superb" reputation. I hope to read an update soon that your
problem has been solved. I'm on your team, as I have a first grader at
another public school.
"I feel your pain, but the problem is much larger than I think most know.
We have given up so much power to the teachers and administration that now
we are paying the price.
Bad teachers are generally backed and supported by a poor Administration.
Teachers and their unions have become what I would call a "gang" type
atmosphere and parents have their hands tied.
I have experienced a situation where the Principle backed poor ethics by a
teacher. When I went higher to the school board, they made personal
attacks on my character to discredit me and isolate me. Once isolated, my
hands were tied. The situation was unfair and there was nothing I could
do about it.
A teacher herself told me that Administration do not want to admit when
they have a bad apple, they are too afraid of being sued.
It is a terrible web we, as a community, have woven. Some how we need to
restrict the power of the Administration and Teachers, they need to be
held accountable for their actions.
"There is a teacher that I will not allow my daughter to have. She has a
IEP but no learning disabilities, so with the backing of her Dr. (VERY
respected in his field) I have her going to the resource room for the one
subject she would have with this teacher. When I spoke to this teacher it
confirmed my decision!
I make sure anything I have to say is done in writing or email with copies
to the administration.
Next year we will be switching schools, too small of a school to meet her
We need to remember as parents that we have a right to protect our
children. I was willing to sit in the class EVERY day if I had to!
"Sadly my child was the victim of a cruel teacher. Everyone knew about her.
After I talked to her, she retaliated to my child. Other kids in class
developed stress headaches, etc. We followed the steps above. Teacher is
still in position, doing the same thing to new kids. That this is allowed
is immoral. This episode turned me from a union supporter to a strong
anti-teachers union person.
" The writer seems to be implying that parents have no responsibilites to
help ther children at home. Regardless of whether the teacher is perceived
as "good" or "bad" parents still have a responsibility to check and go
over homework with their elementary aged children.
I am also a little confused by the comparisons of "bad" teachers...
Let's see, the teacher who follows the curriculum is "boring," but the
teacher who spices things up with stories and personal anecdotes is
Guess we just don't have enough perfect people going to teacher
"While it's true there are a few teachers who don't care about their jobs,
the vast number of them most assuredly do. For every teacher that isn't
interested in teaching, there are far more who are working 60+ hours a
week preparing lessons, grading compositions and talking to parents, etc.
There are far more teachers dealing with parents who can't or won't make
sure their children are reading, doing homework etc. after they get home
instead of spending hours with their electronic toys. It's easy to blame
the teachers, but most are doing all they humanly can to ensure their
students are doing well.
Much of the bad rap teachers are getting in the media is politically
motivated--and ironically, those politicians who complain the most are the
very ones who continually cut funding to Education.
"And what does a teacher do with a disrespectful student who has a parent
who doesn't have a valid phone number on file and can't be contacted? What
about the parent who allows their student to stay home from school for no
particular reason? Maybe that's what made the teacher mean?
"Doing everything on that list will not help. If the teacher in question is
a public school teacher then they are unionized. Unionized teachers are
harder to "fire" for being a bad teacher or even worse. I've heard about a
teacher that had a years worth of documents from witnesses that he abused
a select few of his special needs students. It took 4 years and cost the
district nearly $250,000, the cost of lawyers and later the cost of the
substitue. This abusive teacher still got paid by the school for the 4
years it took for the courts to grant his termination. Best advise: insist
on a diffrent teacher or seek a diffrent school. Beware though those "bad"
teachers generally get transfered to another school or district in order
to save from the financial hassles.
"Another reason for homeschooling if I ever saw one.