Teachers are partners in education

Eavesdrop in the halls after major test or participation grades are put in, and the resentment toward teachers will be obvious. All it takes is one bad grade or a night of extra homework for a teacher to end up a victim of a creative slew of student insults or, at worst, angry parent phone calls. While this usually results in nothing but an occasional snarky glare from students, on social media and behind closed doors, the insults are seemingly endless and growing increasingly unwarranted.
It is one thing to casually complain about the teacher who piles on two hours of busy work a night or to simply disagree with their instruction style. It’s another to publicly demean them just for doing their job, a job that already hardly receives any credit where it’s due.
Seeing as teaching is the one of the least selfish, least sadistic professions on the planet, common sense says a teacher’s choices are for the benefit of the students, not to punish them. Ultimately, teachers are our partners in education and we owe them nothing but gratitude for the social, economic and mental sacrifices that come with the job. This can be shown with a simple smile in the hall and nixing the muttered swearing when tests are passed back. Or at the very least, actually putting our phones away when asked to and giving our attention to what they spend their nights preparing. That’s not special treatment, that’s basic human respect.
Dedicating an entire lifestyle to such a thankless profession is an uphill battle. The pay is laughable, the time truly put into planning is, as some teachers have put it, a 24/7 process. And, the laws being created on testing regulations and teacher evaluation are doing more harm than good. This shouldn’t be surprising considering lawmakers haven’t stepped foot in a classroom and don’t even consider the input of actual teachers who are desperately begging to have a say, for all of our sakes.
We can help ourselves, our teachers and future students by speaking out against this. Write to legislators when a new bill is proposed regarding education, go to school board meetings, do whatever it takes to get a voice out.
Calling names and posting degrading jokes online about teachers does nothing but humiliate them even more, and waste time, time that could be used standing tall alongside our teachers in the fight for a cure to a broken education system.