Nevada is in the middle of an official week-long campaign against bullying in schools. There is much merit to this, but I have to wonder: with all of this emphasis on curbing the harassment of young people in schools, will anybody think to halt the bullying of teachers, also?
Who bullies the teacher? Parents, mostly. Ron Clark recently noted:
Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list “issues with parents” as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel. Word is spreading, and the more negativity teachers receive from parents, the harder it becomes to recruit the best and the brightest out of colleges.
I’ve been on the receiving end of plenty of this. All teachers have. Continue reading