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Teacher protection policy?

In My Eyes

By Edward B. Antonio

 

Are teachers perfect?

Or are there perfect teachers?

Surely there are good and excellent teachers, fellas.

There are also not-so-good ones.

That’s the reality in the education world.

Are there perfect students or pupils, too?

Surely, there are good and excellent students and pupils.

There are also not-so-good ones.

Are there perfect parents of students and pupils?

Surely, there are good and excellent parents.

There are also not-so-good ones.

One day, a female parent went to school like a raging bull. His son got an average grade of 76% that grading period. She went directly to his son’s class adviser and confronted her.

“Is this how dull my son is??!! His average is just 76, meaning he does not have the brains?”

The teacher explained that they ought to consult the other teachers so as to find out the reason why.

“No need!” the mother said. “That’s why I sent my son here so all of you teachers could teach him well. Maybe you are not doing well your job!”

Then she stormed out of the gate, uttering inaudible words.

Well, I don’t know if you consider the mother’s act motherly. I find her belligerence like that of a boxer wanting to pound his opponent to KO.

Then there’s this student who is called “Mr. Half Day.”

Why “Mr. Half Day,” fellas?

Because he goes to school only in the morning then goes somewhere else in the afternoon.The other half of the day is spent at the billiards hall and computer shop. When the single-parent mother was called to school to attend to her son’s problem, she would not go. She had been called to school already 5 times since her son went to high school. And so it was the teacher who went on a home visit.

The conversation went like this:

Teacher: Your son had already incurred 10 half-day absences and 5 whole day absences this grading period. I learned from his classmates that he has been playing billiards and computer games there at the crossing.

Mother: I don’t know about that, ma’am. I always send him to school everyday. He has never been sick this grading period.

Teacher: Well, I came here because you seemed to be indifferent to our summons when we called your attention last week. We can not solve your son’s problem if you won’t cooperate with us. Remember, we are only the second parent of your child.

Child: (suddenly standing up) I don’t like to study anymore! I’m tired of these sermons! (then he went out of the door)

Teacher: It seems your son lacks guidance. Kindly accompany him to school tomorrow so we can bring him to our guidance counselor who is adept in handling this kind of situation.

Mother: Yes, ma’am. I’ll accompany him to school tomorrow.

A teacher’s life is indeed hard, fellas.

He doesn’t only teach. He is also a parent, adviser, contest-trainer, janitor, artist, stage arranger, emcee, community cleaner, carpenter, electrician, beggar (when he goes begging for funds to finance certain projects), dancer, poet, sound system operator, computer repairman, cook, tree planter, scout, nurse, “doctor,” security guard, chaperone and shock absorber of things undone or erroneously done!

That’s why Mr. Teacher sometimes loses his cool.

And that’s when he becomes imperfect.

Out of his anger, there are times he shouts or pinches his pupils’ ears, which should not be.

Corporal punishment is a big no, no in public schools. Shouting invectives is also a form of verbal abuse. Teachers are not supposed to speak and shout profane words at their students. It is a form of bullying, too. That’s why many of them are subject to reprimand and disciplinary action.

Now, the question is: how do you term it when the students are the ones speaking profane words or cursing their teachers? Isn’t that a form of bullying, too? Do these teachers have the right also to complain or be protected by the law when they are the ones being verbally abused or threatened by their students and sometimes by these students’ parents? If there is a child protection policy, why not a teacher protection policy, too? They are also humans!

One day, some students gathered under the logo tree. Listen to their conversation:

Student 1: Have you seen our teacher in TLE? I really hate that son-of-a #!*!!! He is too dark and ugly. Yuck!

Student 2: I also don’t like our teacher in MAPEH. He looks like a horse! And he talks very fast. And “parang sirang plaka!”

Student 3: Well, our Values teacher is a piece of s_ _ _!. He always gives us difficult test. He makes life very difficult for us. How I wish he goes right straight to hell!

Student 4: Silent guys, here comes Palacpac and Asperia (referring to two teachers passing by).

Unbelievable?

Well, this is reality, fellas.

Any comment?

 

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