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Thursday, February 28

Mean teacher outrages the nation.

A Houston mom bugged her child's backpack because the child said that the teacher was mean.

The recording revealed that the teacher told the 4 and 5 year olds, "You are all just stupid kids. I swear to God." Also captured on tape was the teacher saying, "You're just a bad kid," and "You're mean to me, so I get to be mean to you."

The mother and child appeared on Good Morning America. The nation is outraged.

Just a couple of things struck me in the article as suspect, otherwise, most everything else was worthy of parental concern since the teacher seems ill suited for her choice of career and should find another job. (This is quite a far cry from what it was like in school in the 50's and 60's isn't it?)

From the first paragraph:
"A Houston mother, who said her daughter was well-behaved at home, was worried about what was going on in her child's classroom because the girl had been suspended four times for bad behavior."
I hate to generalize, but kids who are well behaved at home are generally not so well behaved when they are away from home. Parents of well behaved children are shocked to hear this and generally over react. This of course does not excuse a teacher who belittles students. It can become a self fulfilling prophecy though:
"Now she and her husband, Oscar, are trying help Megan recover. She said that the girl still is having some problems in school and that they worry the teacher's harsh words may have affected the girl."
There is quite a discussion at the GMA message boards on this.

I think that there are many sides to this story and lessons to be learned. Don't you?
One good thing is that this episode empowered parents, but I'd hate to see this power be abused. We humans can be so frail.

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