Child's teacher appears to be off the rails--suggestions for a parent?
March 5, 2014 7:32 PM Subscribe
I've got a third grader in public school who's having a rough year with her teacher. The teacher is out half the time, with a rotating cast of substitutes. When she's there she's explosive and calls the kids names and told them that she starved a beloved class pet to death over the holidays. What should I be doing?
posted by Lardmitten to Education (31 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So far I have sent two emails to the principal and the vice principal outlining what has gone on in the classroom, and tonight I cc'd in the district ombudsman. I have suggested, even though it's not my call and I seem to have zero sway over her classroom experience, that the teacher be sent on leave for the rest of this year, so the kids have a shot with one consistent substitute. (I have heard the teacher's husband is having health problems this year, which I am sympathetic to, to an extent.)
She calls the kids "pains in the butt" and "spoiled brats" en masse, and has called my quick daughter a "know-it-all", and it sounds like my daughter and the other kids do not take any of this as a joke (it's yelling, not "affectionate"). Another parent complained about the starved bunny bomb that she dropped on them after the holidays, but the teacher is telling the principal her class is difficult liars. The principal is interim and is not returning and generally seems disengaged with the school. This is a good public school that I believe in and our prior experiences have been good, as have the experiences of her older sibling, who is in her last year there (I am not interested in removing her). Before this year there was a strong principal who was very engaged, but he got kicked up the ladder.
Has anyone faced this in a public school setting? I am documenting and complaining but I really want the verbal abuse to stop. Is there anything else I should be doing?