This is actually our first time experiencing this
phenomenon. Our little guy is entering
kindergarten in a few weeks, so this is all new at our house.
I’ve noticed something in the past during this whole
phenomenon—and I’ve always thought it was kind of terrible. Parents go on
community Facebook boards to ask the all-important question: “HAS ANYBODY HAD MR. SMITH FOR 1st GRADE? HOW IS HE?
TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU CAN!!”
And then the comments go wild.
“Mr. Smith is awesome.”
“Mr. Smith is terrible.” “Mr.
Smith voted for Obama.” “Mr. Smith
smells like cheap cologne and bourbon.” “Mr.
Smith has a weird eye.”
These types of comments got me thinking… WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH
Do you not realize how inconsiderate and inappropriate this is?
Mr. Smith is a human being.
He is not a public figure. Why
are you commenting about him on a public forum?
Do you not realize how inconsiderate and inappropriate this is? If you need to know about your kid's teacher
(and I totally get that you need to know about your kid’s teacher), ask your
In all seriousness, my wife and I are SHOCKED at how people think that it’s OK to
speak openly—and often obnoxiously—about teachers on public forums. It's incredibly rude and beyond disrespectful to
the people who teach our children.
And don't get me wrong, I'm as insane as anyone when it comes to
making sure that my child is being well taken care of and educated
properly, but leave the
goddamn teachers alone and do your research in a more respectful way.
Perhaps the irony of all this is that many of our friends are teachers. We were hanging out with them a lot this past week, and you know what they were talking about? You guessed it. They were talking about who their kids' teachers are going to be this year. That subject made up approximately 73 percent of our conversation over the last week.
But you know what they didn't do? They didn't go on public message boards asking strangers to publicly comment because that's rude and inappropriate.
So be appropriate, and don't be rude. Stop talking about teachers on the internet.