Our public and even charter school teachers are amazing people who must endure stress beyond imagination. When they are confronted with unruly students their toolbox doesn’t contain much other than self-control. Even parents know, kids will take you to the edge! But somehow teachers are to be super human and take the abuse ! Sadly when a teacher cross the physical barrier or extreme verbal barrier their careers are put on the line.
I can think of many things monies spent on data coaches could be used for. One parent coaches and now stress intervention for our teachers.
I’ve worked in a treatment center for delinquent adolescents and heard the words, I’ll kill you and your family. My usual response would be with a laugh, that’s fine but now you need to go to your room and take timeout. I was certified in passive physical restraint and understood the dynamics of yell therapy and how to apply them.
Though for the most part, students are not delinquent adolescents. But surely before the legal status is place upon them they display delinquent behaviors often starting at school. Teachers need skills in crisis intervention but not just for the kids but for themselves.
My concern here today is not really teachers becoming bullies but rather the events that follows when a teacher crossed verbal and physical boundaries. There is no doubt there have been many cover-ups to protect the teachers and administrators. All teachers and administrators know the law regarding wittiness incidents or addressing incidents reported to them. Here is how I see it, when teacher crosses the line due to stress and the inability to take a timeout is may not be criminal behavior. (we’re not taking sex abuse or incidents regarding sex). However, it is what it is and those incidents must follow legal protocol. The other side of the coin is when administrators covers the incident up. Who is the bigger criminal? A teacher who loss their cool and committed an offense or the administrator who covers up the offense. I say, mandatory prison time for the administrator and put on some kind of national registry to prevent them from ever getting another job in education.
It makes me sick to see legislation addressing bullies within our school at the same time administrators play the cover up game! Then there are are those bold enough to report what they seen or heard about getting tactfully removed via of an agenda to hide the truth via one lies and the other swears to it. Kids are not dogs in a pet-shop. They are human and must be protected.
God bless our public and charter school teachers but when you are stress stop and take time out. Also, don’t fall for the baiting-out games students can play. We need you, rely on you, trust you and see you is a protector of our children.
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