Teaching for many years I have come across a lot of things that let’s just say have “embarrassed” me to even be a teacher myself. The children are wonderful, some things I can just do without, but the one thing that always drove me wild and I have had on my mind for a while is the unprofessionalism of certain teachers. I am not saying all teachers are like this and some may get offended, but it is a reality. Many have the nerve to critique parents or celebrities for not setting an example but some of them don’t either. Here are a few things I find very disturbing when I run into a teacher. Granted we are human like anyone else but there is a time and place for everything. In the classroom there is no room for unprofessionalism.
The following four reasons should make you question your professionalism:
* My first hand account with my son’s kindergarten teacher was a disaster. She had a tattoo of a marijuana leaf on her neck! Yes, on her neck! I have no problem with tattoos and those who choose to get them. I do believe that they should be hidden and definitely one of a marijuana leaf should NOT be on the neck of a teacher at any moment inside of the classroom. Maybe not even on any adult who has children. My son would come home repeatedly inquiring what was the tattoo on his teacher’s neck. He was curious-as what children at his age do. I was mortified that she would even think to expose it like this in front of the children. I was also disgusted at the administrator for allowing her to prance around like this. Why not cover it with a shawl, or a scarf? Odd piercings on any part of the body that are visible is another issue that in my eyes is extremely inappropriate and unprofessional for an Educator. This went on the entire year. I know what you’re thinking – did it have any impact on his learning?-no- but it was inappropriate and again-unprofessional!
* The attire of teachers is another issue I have. Again, there is a time and place for everything and I don’t think getting dressed and going to the classroom looking as if you are going to the club is a great fit. I believe there should be some dress code on what is too much exposure. I have seen many teachers complain about children and their form of dress, but you see some teachers walk around exposing too much cleavage or their pants are just way too tight. Tight enough for an administrator to have to talk to the teacher or for a colleague to say, “how do you get down on the floor with the children?”.
* Attitude is extremely important for me in this field. Not everyone is cut out for this position. You may be having a bad day but when you are in front of a parent you must conduct yourself accordingly and represent yourself and your school to the highest of standards. I have witnessed many unpleasant attitudes, and not every day will be perfect, but as a teacher this is what you do. You interact with parents and children on a daily basis so it’s always better to be as cordial and respectful as possible even in the most difficult of situations. The fact that many teachers may take to the internet to air it out is a whole other post in itself.
* Lastly, just as other city workers have had to get random drug tests I believe this as well should be implemented with teachers. We should be able to know that our teachers are educating our children and they too are “drug free” and are being handled with complete care. I am not saying that teachers, or all teachers take drugs but if our children are in their hands why shouldn’t we know what they are doing or if they are participating in any “risky” activity!?
As a mother first I can say that my son has been in school since the age of three and for the past two years I am quite content with his teachers. Again, like anyone, teachers are human beings and have the right to do what they want . I was a teacher since the tender age of twenty-one and I always reminded myself that I was a role model and many of these children needed someone to set a proper example for them.
How many of you have had experiences like these before?