This is Public Opinion

15 March, 2012


I suspect I know who posted this to me. I think it is interesting that they should have such a violent reaction to my decrying of violence against another human being. Clearly they have had some difficult experiences in the education system.

I would like to state for the record that the teacher who was beaten was a fifty-six year-old woman with an unblemished record. She has been teaching for thirty years. She is a sweet lady who bends backwards to help her students. The thing she did wrong? She told the student to put her phone away during class. That’s all. She didn’t try to take it, she didn’t hang it up or power it down, which I know some teachers do. She just said, you need to put the phone away.

The student who attacked her was kicked out of two other schools in the county for disruptive and violent behaviour and was on probation for assaulting a police officer while being disciplined at her previous school.

Anyone who has the guts to say a person deserves being beaten to the point of hospitalisation, is in serious need of therapy. Clearly, there are unresolved issues that need to be addressed. Further, this mentality that teachers “deserve it” is part of the problem with the American education system. It is never the fault of administration for a failure to support teachers, parents for failing to instil an appreciation of hard work and moral behaviour, or—goddess forbid—the student’s failure to own their behaviour and accept responsibility for their actions.

This “Anon’s” response is further proof of the degradation of personal responsibility and the general lack of autonomy and morality that is plaguing our culture.

One comment

  1. Dear Anonymous,

    If you’re under 18, then you are a child. By the tone and content of your comment, it’s clear that you’re a child, although you have given no implication as to whether you might be described as “little.” Since, as a child, you lack necessary life experience and wisdom to negate what I’m about to say, you’ll have to trust me: You wouldn’t like it if teachers started treating you like an adult.

    Want respect? Earn it. You can start doing that by being respectful of others, expressing yourself in a logical way, thinking before you speak, and capitalizing your sentences. You’ll also find you’ll earn more respect if you’re educated (which, by the way, is what school’s for — not socializing via cell phone); contribute something valuable to the world (e.g. working to end, rather than rationalize, violence), and recognize that you’re not entitled to a single thing (e.g. respect; cell phone; college admission).

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