On Teacher's Sensitivity | How Will You React To This?

     I always fetch Meg at school. Her dismissal time is 11 AM that made it easier for me since my work starts at 1 PM. The two teachers were talking when I arrived and Meg was playing with the other kids. 

Teacher 1: (laughing) Very good daw siya (Meg)
Teacher 2: Sabi niya e, very good daw siya. (Laughing) Sabi niya lang yun.
And they both laugh.

     I was 3 or 4 footsteps away from them. How can I not hear it? I don't know if I'm being sensitive about it but as an educator myself, I wouldn't do that in front of the parents. Yes, Meg is still adjusting to their advanced curriculum but don't they see the improvement on Meg's part? She was outstanding in the 2 spelling tests, perfect in her Math, and do well in Science, Filipino, and Reading. If she's having a hard time with a subject or two, would that be a reason to mock her? If her coloring is not as beautiful as other kids, is that a reason to degrade her? And seriously, in front of me? My daughter is just 5 years old, yes there are still times that she's not in the mood to study but is it just normal for kids?

I'm really sad and frustrated now because of these things:

1. I chose to transfer Meg to this school (Progressive) because of their teaching method and standard.
2. I always admire them because of their advanced curriculum and Meg really learned how to read now at the age of 5 without my help.
3. I can see ALL the improvements on Meg's part.

     Do they expect my daughter to be perfect? I'm sorry I kept on ranting now. I know you can understand me if you're a parent yourself. Nobody has the right to laugh at her. And if they are just joking around, joke when I can't hear or see them. I know Meg didn't understand what happened a while ago. She's just like that always, she wants to talk to other people and her teachers because she feels comfortable with them. And what did she get? THIS? I don't want to dwell on this, but I have to deal with it. But for now, I really need to take a deep breath. Sigh.

14 comments:

  1. Have you talked to the teacher when you heard the moment you heard their conversation? If not, maybe you can schedule a meeting with them together with the pricipal to discuss what had just happened. Reading your post makes my blood boil. Nakakainis lng :(

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  2. I get this all the time by teenagers and little kids at my work place, or even when I walk by teenagers. Because I am asian, they start mimicking and over exaggerating our accents. People who do this are 1) Racist and 2) Ignorant. Just because I look asian doesn't mean I talk that way either. I suspect this from teens because their parents don't teach them any better, but not from teachers. If you continue witnessing this sort of action, I'd report it to their supervisor. I feel for you, especially with a child struggling to learn another language. I was born here, but english wasn't my first language either, and have learned to develop my english skills when I was younger. The people who do this obviously aren't thinking about other people's feelings, and think they know better. Sorry to have been ranting, but this is a sensitive subject for me too. It all boils down to who these people's parents are, and that they haven't been taught not to do that in general.

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    1. *I am assuming they are making fun of her accent? Either way, if they are mocking her in any way you don't feel comfortable in and continue to do so, you should definitely report it.

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  3. i can feel you, kung sa anak ko rin nangyari yan kukulo dugo ko. i agree with Em, set an appointment. siguro kung sa ibang nanay ko narinig yan, ok pa pero coming from teachers, hindi maganda because teachers need to motivate the kids. hay, kakasad!

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  4. That is just, plain wrong! I'm afraid her mom has to stop it. She will encounter stupid people with archaic ideas but not from her teachers and not at this age. Sorry you had to be hurt, too. ~ Maureen

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  5. I don't think I'll keep quiet of that happened to me

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  6. I think you should personally talk to the teacher, they really don't know what they're saying. Teachers like that makes me sick. :( Relax yourself read Psalm 6.

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  7. Thanks for the concern everyone. I talked to them already with the principal and expressed my disappointment about what happened. I'm a PTA officer btw which saddens me more.

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  8. This is sad, I have a toddler and will soon go to school. I plan to enroll her in a progressive school too, but with what you experienced, it's really disappointing. Progressive schools are generally expensive and of course we expect the educators to be at least extra patient with the students. But if they act like that, especially around kids that age, then they are not helping their progress. Have you tried talking to them?

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  9. Woah! Di ako makapaniwala sa usapan nung 2 teacher na yun! Imbes na i praise nila ang sudent nila e pinagtatawanan pa. Mali talaga!

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  10. You should have talk to the teacher.

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  11. They shouldn't have done that. I also experienced being mocked in front of my students. I was a facilitator in our school. I was the one who teached the students. My instructor was near the door and listened to me. After I discussed, he asked my students if they understood me. I got hurt that time because my students were attentive and participative during my discussion. He taught that I ain't that good. But I did not let him put me down. I held my head high and show them what I've got. :)

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  12. That is not a proper behavior. As an educator, one should learn to motivate their students to strive better.

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  13. I talked to them already and apologized for their insensitivity. They don't mean it that way, they told me. Well I hope this won't happen again.

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