Well, I have asked myself the same question over and over again. Everytime I visit the school I hear the teachers hollering and talking down at the kids. I just don't understand hollering at a 5 year old. My husband told me, they have to sometimes because of their frustration and that more kids nowadays have bad attitudes and don't respect the teachers. But not all kids are bad and they still have to listen to hollering teachers all day. As a volunteer I've visit classrooms(K-5) often enough and always disliked the way the teachers talked to the children. I mean children are children and they will talk when you tell them not to talk. And they will disobey when you tell them not to. There must be other ways to get their attention. I think that's not what we should teach our children. I personally don't allow teachers to talk down or holler at my children. I teach my children to respect and obey their teachers. And if they deserve punishment they should get it. But nothing is as unprofessional as a hollering teacher. Kids can not talk in the classroom, they can not talk in the hallway, they can barely talk during lunchtime and they took away their recess time. When can they talk? I have a problem with the yelling and I'm glad somebody brought it up because I thought it was just me overreacting!15741
Well honestly if you let me tell it there is no excuse for them to be talking to them like that....Because they never know what those kids is faceing on a daily basis,My thing here is they went to school for this...and they should already know what to xpect of this..and to me verbal abuse is worster then physical abuse b/c phisically the pain will heal,but mentally u can never tell...I feel like the kids should be able to go to school and feel like its a comfort-=zone dealing w the staff...but how can the kids focus when the teachers is constantly yelling,how can the kids feel comfortable asking the teachers etc questions,or tell them some and they are always hollaring???I understand that every1 gets frustrated,,but thats not the kids fault that u chose teaching them and u cant control ure emotions and frustrations..2me theres a right and a wrong way to deal w disobediant sassy mouthed kids...if there isnt they can always call the parents.but these kids 2day dont need that..if anything that they need is inspiring... I guess I shouldt really care as long as they wasnt yelling at my child.but its the principle those kids cant defend them self...and the look in there eyes was to die for.and I feel like if they will hollar at some1 elses kid they will do it to mine.... I am so sorry but to me there isn't a good excuse for this.because if they cant handle it they can always resign..kids love attention,and if you dont give it to them they will respond neg. my thing here is they can start by making the kids their voices.15740
I personally have witnessed teachers yelling at students as well. It has made me stop and pause to watch the drama play out and this is what I take away from it.....I do realize that some children are very stubborn and have difficulty grasping the rules of classroom. However, there are limits to what is allowed to be said...literally,...Teachers are not allowed to be verbally abusive. They can be terminated. They are however, allowed to raise their voices and yell. It is all the personality of the teacher and how they manage control of their students. If a parent feels that the teacher is crossing the line, the parent should bring it up to the principal and if that doesn't get results... go higher...to the superintendent of schools. Do whatever is necessary to ensure that your child is getting an education and not verbally abused.15739
Thank you! I always wondered how far a teacher can go. Are they allowed to say SHUT UP! to students. I hear that all the time. I understand that many teachers are frustrated because of dealing with children with little or no parental guidance. And that most teachers have to act as parents sometimes. Teachers may not have the support of their superior, it still doesn't give them the right to treat the children like that. If they think they need additional support and they are not getting it, they should demand it. And maybe teacher should take mandatory child psychology classes.15738
I am wondering why some of you who were visiting in the classrooms didn't turn and look at the misbehaving students instead of focusing on what the teacher was doing wrong. Surely you know some of the kids' parents, and such misbehaving kids should fear your reporting on THEIR behavior to the parents, not the teacher's behavior. I would also like to ask mom1st how you expect your child to be able to compete in the job market in the future, if he talked all through class for 13 years. Who gets the paycheck for "talking" and teaching, the teacher or the kids?15737
My personal opinion is that there is NO excuse for a teacher yelling at a student or putting them down in any form. Teachers are models for the students they teach. If they expect respect, they must demand it while showing it. Many methods are available for teachers to persuade students to comply with classroom rules or engage them in the topic at hand...especially when they are young. Today's schools are faced with overworked staff who are being asked to parent and teach at the same time. I have seen firsthand the difficulties some teachers face. Nevertheless, each teacher is responsible for presenting the very best in any given situation.15736
I don't disagree. I never said there is a good reason for yelling at students. But if you hear yelling at your kid's school why not volunteer to help, why not speak to a child that you witness being disrespectful to a teacher or at least give him a stern look? If more parents had an attitude of supporting the teachers instead of criticizing them and trying to get them fired and tacitly letting your kids know that you don't respect those mean old teachers, the schools would be completely turned around. Misbehaving kids that know you, know that you will tell their mama that they were showing their butts at school. This is more powerful than any kind of discipline a teacher can exert. Of course, it could cause fist-fights between parents, too, which we don't want, but you know what I'm trying to get at.15735
Attala, Thank you for bringing up the responsibility of the children and their parents! I am amazed that teachers are so readily criticized. I have even heard parents complain that their child's teacher doesn't do anything when the child doesn't do their homework. How is any of this the teacher's fault? As parents we have the ultimate responsibility for raising (and educating) our children. A teacher is one tool for providing education. Parents must work with teachers, and ensure their children work with teachers, so children will receive a quality education.
Parents seem ready to blame teachers for everything. How is a child supposed to learn to be responsible enough to be a productive member of society when their parents have spent 18 years blaming someone else rather than raising that child? It seems very sad to me since the children will ultimately pay the price.
I am relieved that we have teachers to help us educate our children, but I am amazed by the number of people willing to subject themselves to the wrath of parents. I admit, I wouldn't be willing to do so.15733
Very well said lockmama! I would just like to add that teachers are stuck in the middle between angry parents and administrators who refuse to offer the support, and sometimes intervention, that teachers need. I have seen wonderful teachers leave the profession and absolutely horrible ones allowed to continue their employment.15732
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