Part of the Problem
My friend is a high school teacher who had a bit of a situation the other day. She had a student messing with a cell phone - and my "messing", I mean "texting her mom" - during class. So my friend took the phone (to which the student objected, but eventually complied) as per the rules, to be returned at the end of the day.
A short time later, during the next class, a knock came on her classroom door. It was the mother demanding that the daughter's phone be returned. When the discussion made its way to the vice-principal's office, my friend got only mute non-support from the VP.
There's a couple of things going on here that I'd like to address. The first is that the student was texting her fucking mother during class time, which means that the stupid mom knew her daughter was dicking around and not paying attention or doing work, and the mom is/was obviously ok with that. We can immediately tag her with the "fucking moron parent" tag. Done.
Secondly, for the stupid mom to show up to the school to ask...no, wait, demand that the phone be returned is such an affront to the teacher's authority and class control that it would be laughable were it not so numbingly, ignorantly, tragic. We wonder why the standards of education are diminishing; it's due, in large part I think, to parents who believe their children already know everything and should be allowed to txt in cls. CUL8R!
Trust me when I say that the only thing these kids will be "c"ing L8R is a future as a Wal-Mart greeter with a possible promotion to the customer service desk.
Thirdly, the lack of supervisor support is astonishing. A school is not a store. The parents are not always right. In fact, sometimes they're downright handicapped. No, wait, I've worked with the handicapped for a decade and that comment does them a disservice. Sometimes the parents are just fucking stupid. Too stupid, in fact, to realize that a school is intended to impart knowledge to their offspring - not be a place to hang out and socialize while mom does nails and dad rides the cubicle.
People need to grow a pair an tell those slack-ass, illiterate, disrespectful parents to either support the teachers or take their self-important, gr8 kids out of school...so they can...you know...home school them. Or at the very least introduce them to the semi-lucrative world of roadside mowing.
That VP should be ashamed. It's partly his fault that we're all going to be sitting around in 10 years wondering why the fuck no one knows how to build anything and why everyone who comes to our home to fix any sort of technical problem is a very polite, well-spoken Brown guy. It's because Princess TextyThumbs can't put a sentence together and thinks "urban sprawl" is the new Girlicious single.
Welcome to the 20-teens, folks. We don't know shit and we're damn proud. You think this financial meltdown is bad? Wait until this next group of fuck-ups gets the reins.