A TEACHER has posted a message to parents to “stop coddling and enabling their children” after posting pictures of her trashed classroom.

Julie Marburger, a sixth-grade teacher at Cedar Creek Intermediate School in Texas, posted the long rant on Facebook in which she announced she was leaving teaching after just two years due to inconsiderate children who destroyed her class room on a daily basis.

“Parents have become far too disrespectful, and their children are even worse,” she wrote.

Posting photos of her class room, she said the images highlight the extent of property damage caused and has now “finally had enough of the disregard for personal and school property and am drawing a line in the sand on a myriad of behaviours that I am through tolerating.

“I am including photos that I took in my classroom over the past two days. This is how my classroom regularly looks after my students spend all day there. Keep in mind that many of the items damaged or destroyed by my students are my personal possessions or I purchased myself, because I have NO classroom budget. I have finally had enough of the disregard for personal and school property and am drawing a line in the sand on a myriad of behaviors that I am through tolerating. ”

“Unfortunately, one parent today thought it was wrong of me to hold her son accountable for his behaviour and decided to very rudely tell me so, in front of her son,” she wrote.

She claims nearly half of her students were failing due to “multiple missing assignments” and despite repeated attempts to reach out to both students and parents, no one seems to care.

“Report cards come out later this week, and I have nearly half of my students failing due to multiple (8-10) missing assignments.”

“But now I’m probably going to spend my entire week next week fielding calls and emails from irate parents, wanting to know why I failed their kid,” she wrote.

“My administrator will demand an explanation of why I let so many fail without giving them support, even though I’ve done practically everything short of doing the work for them. And behaviour in my class will deteriorate even more.

“I am expecting this, because it is what has happened at the end of every other term thus far.

“I have never heard of a profession where people put so much of their heart and soul into their job, taking time and resources from their home and family, and getting paid such an insultingly measly amount.

“Teachers are some of the most kind and giving people I have ever met, yet they get treated so disrespectfully from all sides.”

Ms Marburger pleaded with parents and asked them to take more responsibility for their children because “it’s a problem that’s going to spread through our society like wildfire.

“It’s not fair to society, and more importantly, is not fair to the children to teach them this is okay. It will not serve them towards a successful and happy life,” she said.

Her rant has gone viral with over 375,000 shares and 285,000 reactions.

Many comments were in agreeance with her rant, with fellow retired teachers sharing similar experiences.

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  • I wish all schools gave homework and assignments suitable for the child’s age. I know of one school in SA that the assignments should be for pupils 2 – 3 years older than they are. Wed we were at school our homework related to what we were learning in class and so did our assignments. The same school actively encourages out of school hours activities that the pupils should do – mainly in the form of exercise….and reckons they should do it more than one day during the week. The teachers ask them what they have done during the week. I know one child who does swimming and another physical activity every week and they expect more. One pupil is transferring to another school next year.


  • Respect and responsibility are values that children need to learn early on in life. I definitely agree that teachers are one of the most kind and giving people on this planet.


  • This is a shocking view and it’s concerning when pupils don’t show respect to the teachers and their properties ! So important we teach them well, give always the right example and have attention for how our kids are doing in all aspects of their life.


  • If parents do not hold their children to account for their actions and behaviour, it will be a rocky road ahead for both their children and those people they encounter in their lives.

    • I absolutely agree – it will actually make life tougher for children, parents and everyone they encounter.


  • Respect is something that needs to be taught by parents – it the key to respect for self and others. It also sets children up for their passage into adulthood and respect is important for future relationships and careers. Unfortunately I see lack of respect when out and about – the amount of damaged public facilities is shocking.


  • In fairness, parents have a lot to deal with. Ruining property is completely unacceptable, though.


  • So distressing when people don’t show respect for what a teacher does! What about assignments not handed in? Aren’t parents looking at what their kids need to do for school? And seeing the pictures about those trashed books is really irritating. I love books. I keep very good care of my books, and even more care if the books are not mine!


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