Teacher Bullies & Special Needs Children
I know that I have so many other things to write about right now, but this topic just won’t leave my mind and I need to put it out there. A couple days ago, I was on my way home from Chicago and I overheard a woman sitting near me in the terminal complaining about the children in her classroom.
“I tell ya, these kids are so stupid. They can’t even zip their zippers by themselves or tie their shoes. We have to do every single thing for them. This kid is asking me to tie his shoes and you know what I told him? No! I’m not tying your damn shoes! How about this? How about we send a note home with your mother telling her to buy you some damn velcro shoes. You know? I’m tired of this *hit. I’m tired of dumb kids and dumb parents.”
This really made my stomach turn. Why is this woman a teacher?
Later, she went on to explain to another passenger in the terminal that she taught special education to kindergartners in New Jersey.
Coming off hearing the recent news about the New Jersey dad who defended his son with Autism on YouTube, I’m just floored. Here is another apparent teacher bully…and she works in New Jersey.
I sat there in shock and disgust. Why are so many teachers working in this field when they don’t even understand what it means to be special needs. This teacher was so cold and dismissive…and even her friend who was travelling with her looked uncomfortable with the conversation.
Why are people like this working in our schools? Why are they working with children who have special needs if they don’t feel it’s their responsibility to be their care providers while they’re in school?
I agree that responding to children with special needs can take more patience and understanding. I agree that it can be one of the most difficult jobs if you’re not equipped and sometimes even when you are…but this has got to change. People cannot work in this field without understanding childrens’ limitations and acknowledging their gifts.
I want to know…how are public schools going to respond to this? How are they going to prepare for teachers like this and educate them or remove them when needed? Because this is NOT the FIRST time I’ve heard someone talk like this about their job as a special needs teacher…and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
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