Mark was upset that his teacher gave him a low mark and many corrections on his reaction paper. He gave up his Saturday night date just to get the paper done. Needless to say, he was fired up about failing. Mark vowed to make the teacher pay for treating him so unfairly. As soon as he got home, he signed up for a popular social media site and anonymously posted vulgar remarks about the teacher. Soon after Mark’s initial post, the page was littered with degrading comments and pictures from other students at the school.
WHY DO WE NEED THE TEACHER’S PROTECTION ACT BE PASSED
The situation above shows that there are factors that are beyond the teacher’s control. Teachers, yes, are meant to instill proper discipline to the students but still, the parents are the main responsible for shaping their children’s character as most values are first learned at home. Sadly, teachers still get the blame for their misbehaving students and that they are being shut up and told not to complain and are being told that it’s their fault why their students behaved so.
Some years ago, students who misbehave in class would be sent in the corner, asked to do community service and worst, be slapped on the wrist. These were just among the few punishments effective to stop the bad behavior of the students. In today’s schools, especially after the implementation of the CHILD PROTECTION POLICY, punishments mentioned above are no more existent, and laughable. Children feel the need to push the line to find the teacher’s limit. They find satisfaction in challenging the teacher mentally, socially, and physically. Learn about the trend of students bullying teachers!
Students can bully a teacher in many ways. They can display terrible behavior in the class just to get attention from the other students in the class which will eventually distract them from focusing on the lesson and on the teacher; in turn, the bullying student will gain control of the classroom.
Outside the classroom, the teachers can be bullied too. This can be done through cyberbullying by the use of social media or by even sending insulting texts and instant messages to other students via cellphone or computer. It can be done by intentionally disrespecting the teacher in the school hallways, or at a school event, or by spreading false and malicious rumors about the teacher among the other students in the school.
Students may also harm the teachers physically. They can hit, punch, kick and push them. They can also harass, verbally abuse, threaten and intimidate them which is equally damaging as physical harm. When these things are done, mental abuse can take place leaving the teacher feeling down and emotionally hurt. This may result in severe anxiety and stress to the teachers.
Bullying has been one of the main concerns in education in the past few years. People concern like the administrators, teachers, and heads of different institutions have placed strict rules against bullying. Some school clubs and organizations were also formed to address bullying and to help the victims of the said act. Bullying can take many forms and can occur in various ways. We have been aware of when and how to step in and take a stand against the bullying we see among students.
BUT WHAT IF WE, THE TEACHERS, HAVE BECOME THE TARGET OF STUDENT BULLIES?
There have been several articles written here in Teacherph about teachers who are bullied by the administration. But unknowingly, every day, in our classrooms, we meet students who are too stubborn to the point that they think about taking revenge when their teachers’ teacher did something that may have embarrassed them. And when this thing happens, we are always told and scolded by put administrators telling us how we can’t have control over our own classrooms.
Let’s take a look at this scenario:
There’s a new teacher who was verbally insulted and was even hurt physically when one of the students intentionally bumped him on the hallway. The student said sorry in a sarcastic way and told her it wasn’t his intention but when the teacher started to walk away, the student who bumped him laughed with his colleagues shouting ‘IT WAS A JOB WELL DONE!’
When the teacher reported about it, it was told that charges would not be pressed against the students and it would be handled within the school by administration. I read nothing regarding the consequences for those students. It makes me wonder, then, how many times incidences like this occur and go unreported because the teacher feels powerless and victimized to the point that they wonder if there is any purpose to even saying anything about the behavior within the classroom.
Most people don’t realize that students bullying teachers is common and even occurs more often than they realize. And of course, this type of bullying is commonly unreported and neglected by the authority. Parents can also bully teachers when they take the side of their children and defend them for doing the wrong thing. When bullying like this is reported, sometimes nothing occurs or very little is done in terms of student discipline by the higher powers-that-be from in-school administration.
Recently, there was a study that proved that the number of teachers undergoing medicinal treatment for trauma and depression has increased. Well, every day, teachers face students who are uncontrollable and it is very common that the administration seems not to care or out of control with regards to the matter. Students are just called to the disciplinary office and are told to not do it again, and are simply released without further action. And when teachers want the parent to take action about it and discipline their children, their requests have remained unanswered or neglected.
So, no matter what anyone says, teachers still remain rendered powerless in the face of bullying students and feel they have nowhere to turn to that will give ease their feelings. There are many teachers who weep over the bullying of their students. And we cannot deny the fact that there has been already a GREAT CHANGE IN STUDENTS’ BEHAVIOURS REGARDING RESPECT FOR ADULTS in the past years, and many reasons are given as to why this has occurred. Unfortunately, few of them suffice when a teacher is shaking to enter his/her classroom each day or dreads going to work because of one or a group of students who will make it their personal mission to make that teacher miserable, knowing administration will do little to support the teacher.
That is why it is time now that a law must be passed in order to protect us. If we care to protect our students, we too must protect ourselves first!
Like what ACT (Alliance of Concerned Teachers) representative, Antonio L. Tinio said that “while child protection is indispensable, TEACHER PROTECTION IS ALSO A MUST…”
Students, as well as teachers, must be held liable to what they do in and outside the class too. They, must learn, from us, that discipline is a MUST and that RESPECT must be shown to people with higher authority than them- like us, their teachers!
Now, let us share with you a post by Maam Jai Sampedro and Sir Benjo Basas which just have gone viral recently.
Kung may “Child Protection Policy” tayo, sana mayroon ding “Teacher Protection Policy.” Sometimes (or most of the time)…
- Media abuse the rights of the teachers.
- Parents abuse the rights of the teachers.
- People in the organization abuse the rights of the teachers.
Minsan naman, pakinggan nyo muna ang mga teacher.
Minsan naman, unawain nyo muna ang mga teacher.
Minsan naman, magtanong muna kayo sa mga teacher.
Teachers are also humans:
- They have their own rights.
- They are not perfect.
- They also feel tired.
- They have their own family to take care of.
- They have their own problems.
- They have their own strength and weaknesses.
- They need social life.
Minsan o madalas nga…
- Tulog na kayo pero ang mga teacher ay gising pa at gumagawa ng lesson plan.
- Nanonood na kayo ng t.v. pero ang mga teacher ay nasa mesa pa gumagawa ng materials at visual aids para sa lesson nila kinabukasan.
- Namamasyal na kayo pero ang mga teacher ay hindi makaalis ng bahay kasi may kailangan silang tapusing report na hinihingi ng paaralan.
- Naka-tatlong beses na kayong magmiryenda pero ang mga teachers ay hindi pa halos kumakain ng tanghalian dahil may tinatapos pa silang gawain.
Sa kabila ng lahat ng ito…
- Nakatanggap ba ng masigabong palakpakan ang mga teachers?
- Nakatanggap ba ng simpleng “thank you” ang teachers mula sa mga magulang ng kanilang eskwela? (“Ma’am/Sir, salamat po sa lahat ng ginagawa mong pagtuturo at pag-aalaga sa anak ko.”)
- Naipadama ba sa mga teachers ang kahalagahan nila sa lahat ng kanilang pagod, pagsisikap, pagtitiis at paghihirap?
Kapag nagkasala o nagkamali ang mga teacher…
- Pinararatangan na…
- Sinusugod na ng mga magulang…
- Inirereklamo na…
- Kinukundena na (lalo ng media)…
Opinyon lang po… kayo ang humusga.
DEAR TEACHERS, HINDI MASAMA ANG CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Child Protection Policy nga eh, ibig sabihin patakaran kung paano bibigyan ng proteksiyon ang mga bata. Anong masama? Hindi nga ba’t kaya tayo naging teacher ay dahil mahal natin ang mga bata? Hindi ba’t kaya tayo nag-teacher ay para turuan ang mga bata? Kasama sa ating responsibilidad ang unawain sila, alagaan at tanggapin sila ng buong pagpipitagan.
At hindi kasama sa trabaho natin ang paluin, murahin, saktan, ipahiya at abusuhin ang mga bata. Hindi ka tunay na guro kung ito ang iyong intensiyon. Gayunman kung minsan, sa ngalan ng disiplina at pagnanais na matuto ang mga bata, may pagkakataon na napapasigaw, napapamura, nagsesermon, nakakapambato ng chalk o eraser o nakakapamalo ang ilan sa atin. Hindi natin ito maituturing na pagmamalabis, pagkukulan pa, maaari. Hindi natin kailanman kukunsintihin ang sinumang teacher na may layuning mang-abuso o nasanay sa ganitong gawain. Subalit dapat nating ipagtanggol, kalingain at protektahan ang mga guro na nalalagay sa alanganin dahil sa mga kasong may kinalaman umano sa child abuse, lalo na kung sila ay biktima lamang ng mga sirkumstansiya.
Hindi masama ang Child Protection Policy. Pero bakit ganun? Bakit laging teacher ang nasasangkot sa mga kaso ng pang-aabuso sa mga bata? Bakit napakaraming teacher ang nakakasuhan? Bakit napakaraming teacher na ang nakikilan, tinakot at pinagbantaan dahil sa mga bintang ng pang-aabuso? Bakit napakaraming teacher na ang pinagpiyestahan sa media at social media kasunod ng mga paratang ng pang-aabuso. Hindi pa man nakakasuhan, nahusgahan na at naparusahan si kawawang guro.
Ito kasi ang mukha ng Child Protection Policy sa atin- malupit, mahigpit. At lagi nitong nabibiktima ang mga guro. Laging naaabuso ang magandang hangarin ng batas. At ang mga guro, walang proteksiyon sa eskandalo, sa banta at mismong sa legal na asunto. Mantakin mo, lahat ng alam nating paraan ng pandidisiplina ay child abuse pala. Paano na? Saan tayo pupulutin at saan papunta ang ating mga mahal na mag-aaral sa ganitong sistema?
Sa ganitong kalagayan, may mali sa child protection policy. Sa ganitong kalagayan, may masama sa child protection policy.
Muli nating ipaalala sa DepEd, walang guro na nanaising saktan ang kanyang mag-aaral. Sapagkat walang sinumang tao ang maaaring maging guro kung hindi siya likas na mapagmahal, maunawain at matiyaga sa mga bata.
(Si Teacher Richard ng Quezon City ay sinakal at pinagbantaan ng kanyang estudyante dahil umano sa pakikialam niyo sa fraternity nito. Mapalad pa siya, dahil noong taong 2010, isang guro sa Caloocan ay napatay sa saksak ng knayang estudyante matapos na sabihan niyang ida-drop kung hindi magpapagupit. At nito lamang 2016, isang guro sa Cagayan De Oro ang napatay rin ng kanyang estudyante dahil lang sa pagsaway niya dito sa paggamit ng celphone.) – Benjo Atingguro Basas
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