Re: Teacher Abuse

Someone made a comment under Harry and it really stimulated my thinking about teacher abuse. Here is a post for you and I am ever hopeful that you will respond.

Last year when I gave the final National Exam, my classroom was raided. The two administrative designees  came into my classroom to rip down anything that would give these little children an unfair advantage regarding the upcoming exam. As they began to rip down the children’s beautiful work, the eyes of these children became wide open with terror and they began to cry. I calmed them and told them we would put it all back up again. When these two designees who were told  ripped down the words to God Bless America and The Star Spangled Banner,  did, the shocked and petrified children began to sing the words to these songs. Now, it was my turn to cry. They sang the words over and over again until the intrusion was over. When people are humiliated and terrified, they do begin to sing. I have seen it in documentaries and movies of all nature and it always has the same effect, tears.

This constitutes teacher as well as student abuse. I have been talking with teachers and many of them have suffered abuse. We do not allow teachers to abuse their students, so then, I am asking why do we allow our teachers to be disrespected and abused by our lofty administrators. Please jot down a response. You do not have to use your real name if you are afraid of retaliation.

Addition: 2014 to a response: I understand and am sorry to have spilled my terror and blamed the coaches for the deed. I have been alerted that the taking down of materials in my classroom and others was a mandate from the district and the principal at that time demanded that her coaches remove all classroom materials that may aid students during testing. I apologize if in 2008 I offended anyone with my writings. I was new at blogging and have learned much about being gentle.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra
    Sep 09, 2010 @ 11:11:47

    Bravo for the kids.

    Reply

  2. L Watson
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 01:04:36

    It hurts my feelings and make me very sad to see myself portrayed this way. It is required to do to protect the teachers credential and comply with mandates from the state and district. There was no harm intended in doing this, it is just what we were told to do.

    Reply

    • Sheila Clapkin
      Jan 26, 2014 @ 08:35:23

      L Watson, my dear lady who I remember with great fondness, I apologize and have made
      proper updates and corrections to the blog so uncaring written in 2008. I was new to
      blogging then and my emotions ran high. I appreciate you helping me to edit and hope
      that you will catch me again in not so heated an issue and I will edit accordingly.
      I understand the protection of your credential, God knows, I protected mine. I love and
      respect you and I know you know that I do.
      Thank you for the attention to this blog. If not corrected enough, let me know. I can remove it
      altogether.
      Sheila

      Reply

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