Downing on Teachers? Really?


If you are a follower of The Organized Classroom Blog, you will probably already know that I am taking a week off from blogging to hang out with my family. So, imagine my surprise when I sat down last night to actually read a magazine for fun, and not 15 minutes into my pleasure reading, I came across this article from this month's LHJ. Please take a moment to read it as I was appalled that such a reputable magazine would allow ridicule opinions of teaching and placing importance on their child's milestones (however small they may be).

Article Link: http://www.lhj.com/relationships/family/school/get-schooled/

While I do understand it was an opinion piece, and perhaps it was just for "shock value," the shock certainly did the trick on me. I haven't been able to get it out of my mind.

Am I being oversensitive and should just take it as fun (though I don't think I could manage that)?

What is the magazine's role in this? By printing such an article, should they be held responsible too? Does it change your opinion of this publication? For me, I can promise you it will be a long time before I actually purchase another as right now I just have a bad taste in my mouth.

How do we make sure to combat these types of views of teachers? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you below. And if you are a blogger, feel free to forward to your fans and followers, making sure to tag in The OC Blog - I want LHJ to know how disappointed I was with their decision. Thanks everyone!

18 comments:

  1. I couldn't even get through the article!! It's both sides of the spectrum...some parents complain that they have to be "too involved" with their kids and others think that we, as teachers, don't do enough. Just let it slide Charity...deep breaths!!!

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  2. I am just glad I am not the author's offspring! I'd hate to have all of my life's accomplishments viewed in such a demeaning way!

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  3. Wow! I feel sorry for her children! I think she was trying to be funny but as a teacher and parent I didn't find it funny at all.

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  4. @Hadar - lol. I am trying to. :) I just was baffled as to why a national publication thought this was funny or even appropriate? Hopefully I will be able to let it go soon. :)

    @Karen - Agreed!

    @Amy - I am with you! It is all just disappointing to me.

    Charity
    The Organized Classroom Blog

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  5. Yeah, pretty negative, cynical and sad. I feel sorry for her. She must have one miserable life.
    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful

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  6. @Barbara - I am kind of hoping it is all made up for the sake of shock value really. Otherwise, I am truly feeling for her kids.

    Charity
    The Organized Classroom Blog

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  7. Wow, that is ridiculous! I'm almost embarrassed for her!

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  8. I could not even finish reading the article! The most important job a person could ever have is to be a parent and that job should be taken seriously.

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  9. Okay, read this one, it will make you feel better!
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/06/living/teachers-want-to-tell-parents/index.html#

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  10. @Erica - I know! Crazy, right?

    @Hadar - Thanks for that one! I actually read it earlier. Love Ron Clark! I watched his staff do a step routine for the kids' first day on YouTube - AMAZING!

    Charity

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  11. I think we should blast LHJ's customer care web-mail with comments and let them know that they have lost LOTS of business. Isn't it hard enough to take care of our students without all the negative? I read Ron Clark, too... love him!

    Melly<><

    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

    The Yellow Rocking Chair

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  12. Wow...couldn't even finish the article! Guess I'll be canceling my magazine subscription :(

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  13. Agreed ladies! I am actually also thinking of writing a response article from the teacher's point-of-view, which would not bash the parents (like the author did to teachers in her article), but rather include some great ideas for parents to feel welcomed in our classrooms and events. :)

    Charity

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  14. Well, I'm glad I don't read LHJ, and thanks to this I never will. Honestly, what turned me off even more was this paragraph:

    "It turns out there is one upside to hitting middle age. Okay, I've had to give up food entirely just to be able to slip into a double coating of Spanx, and it takes me most of the afternoon to prepare my hair and face to go to a restaurant where I won't be eating my dinner."

    Seriously? Like women need another source of insecurity?

    As for the teaching stuff, I find it very sad that a mother would feel this way. No need to come to a kindergarten graduation when you child has been practicing all the songs and looking forward to you seeing them with their friends? I have had many parents not show up for programs and let me tell you, there is nothing sadder than seeing those children watching their friends skip off with their parents while they have to sit with the teacher.

    I find it very sad for the children - and if this is tongue in cheek, then shame on her because we all know that others will take this seriously and the children will end up being the ones hurt.

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  15. I read this after a 12 hour day at school and welcoming parents in to our Open House. I worked my tail off for the first two weeks of school, not only acclimating the kids to my classroom, teaching and modeling our rules and routines, assessing and planning - but also making sure we had time to squeeze in cute, kid made projects to decorate the walls and share on their desks. This woman is a cold-hearted individual and LHJ showed a serious lack of judgement on their part publishing this, even if they claim it is satire. Teachers are shown such little respect for the job that we do and articles like this perpetuate the myth that we are not true professionals. Would she dare to write such an article about the doctor caring for her child? Well, with her attitude, I guess it is possible. So disheartened.
    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  16. I did not find it offensive, but then again I teach middle school and one must have a very thick skin for that job. ;)

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