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A Teacher’s Cry for Help Goes Viral

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A Teacher’s Cry for Help Goes Viral

A public school teacher’s heartfelt narrative about the challenges faced in today’s classrooms has captured the attention of many on social media. With eight years of teaching experience, this educator shared a story of disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion due to students’ lack of discipline and interest in learning. Describing the daily struggles in trying to engage students through interactive lessons, energizers, and the integration of technology, the teacher’s efforts seem to be in vain, as they are met with disinterest and disrespect.

This teacher, who teaches second grade in a provincial area, highlighted the drastic change in student behavior over the years. Despite attempts to enforce discipline through positive reinforcement and setting clear rules at the school year’s start, these strategies have proven ineffective. The educator noticed that the softer approach often doesn’t resonate with the students, yet resorting to anger seems to be the only way to temporarily gain control and attention, a situation the teacher finds regrettable and unsustainable.

The post also touches on broader societal issues, suggesting that the root of the problem may lie beyond the classroom. It calls into question the role of parents in instilling discipline and the impact of external influences on children’s behavior. The teacher’s observation that even young children are exposed to inappropriate content and exhibit worrying behaviors raises concerns about the environment in which they are growing up.

Expressing a sense of hopelessness, the teacher contemplates resigning from the Department of Education (DepEd) and seeking opportunities abroad. This decision underscores the severity of the situation and the toll it takes on educators who start their careers with passion and a genuine desire to make a difference.

The viral post ends with a plea to parents to take an active role in their children’s upbringing and emphasizes that discipline begins at home. It challenges the notion that the youth are the hope of the future, suggesting that without significant changes in upbringing and education, this ideal may not be realized.

NAPAKA-HOPELESS NG GENERATION NGAYON

I am a public school teacher. 8 years teaching.
Married. No loan ever since. Nalulungkot. Naiinis. Napapagod. Nawawalan ng gana. Yan ang nararamdaman ko ngayon. Iba na talaga generation ngayon ano po?
Habang tinatype ko ito. Nakatingin ako sa klase ko. At nakaupo sa likod. Kasi tumigil ako sa pagtuturo dahil sa kawalang disipilina nila.
Generation nowadays napaka hopeless na.
Tinuturuan ko ay Grade 2 dito sa probinsiya.
Napagod na ako maging mabait , masipag at maging mabuting tao. Kwento ko lang po.
Nagtuturo ako kanina. And nobody listens. I am very prepared with everything. May pa energizer, nagpapakanta ako. Bumili pa ako ng projector para lang maging interesado at interactive ang lesson ko everyday. At para naman di ma left behind sila sa technology.
Kahit mahal sige binili ko para sa mga bata.
Pero what did I get? Walang nakikinig. Walang modo kung sumagot sakin. Dadaanan daanan ka lang. Sasagot sagutin ka lang nila.
Walang disiplina. Kahit nung beginning of school yr ay nag set ako ng rules. Pero walang epekto.
Alam niyo po mga bata ngayon, di na madaan sa positive discipline. Napaka malumanay ko sa klase ko. As much as possible ayoko nagagalit kasi ayoko ma-stress. Pero napapansin ko ngayon, kahit idaan mo sa mabuting paraan di nagiging behave ang mga bata. Pero pag sinagad na nila pasensya mo at nagalit kana. Saka sila titigil at magbebehave. It should not always be like this. Wala silang pakialam sa teacher. Wala na pakialam kung matuto sila o hindi. Kasi alam nila makakapasa naman kahit pasang awa ang grades.
Nakakalungkot mga kabataan ngayon. Kahit gRade 2 marunong na mag mura, magsabi ng masasamang Salita. Nakakagawa na ng krimen. Exposed na sa mga adult things. Yes totoo po. Nangyayari yan sa klase ko. And I can’t even imagine kung saan galing ang ganito nilang pag uugali.Kaya naniniwala ako na kahit bata kayang gumawa ng krimen. Dahil may pag iisip na sila.
Napapagod na ako. Gusto ko ng mag resign.
I am very passionate in teaching but I cannot see myself retiring in DepEd. Di ko kayang bastusin na lang ako ng mga batang ito. Ayokong magkasakit dahil sa stress sa pagsasaway. Wala akong problema sa paper works at colleagues. But everyday is a misery sa pag-tuturo sa mga batang tulad nito.
I asked my husband that I want to resign and apply abroad. And he said, he supports me. Maghahanap na ako online jobs abroad at hopefully makapag resign ako agad.
Dear parents, pls raise a child properly. They really need your help. DISCIPLINE STARTS AT HOME.
I’m sorry to say this. Ang kabataan ay HINDI pag-asa ng bayan.
Salamat sa pagbabasa.
– ctto

Reflection

This story is a powerful reminder of the complex challenges facing educators and students in today’s world. It highlights the need for a collective effort among teachers, parents, and society to nurture a generation that values respect, discipline, and education. The teacher’s experience serves as a wake-up call to re-examine the approaches to teaching and parenting. It underscores the importance of building a supportive environment that fosters learning, mutual respect, and personal development. As we move forward, it’s crucial to remember that education is a shared responsibility and that the future of our children depends on the actions we take today. – Mark | Helpline PH

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