Professors and teachers alike are important factors in driving the education of our country forward.
They are pivotal when it comes to instilling motivation and confidence in our children as they absorb every new piece of knowledge like a sponge. But what happens when one of these so-called role-models end up creating more problems than solving?
That was the case for a second-grade math teacher in Lackawanna County, PA. In Valley View, a 7-year-old by the name of Kamdyn Piland was required to complete a 50 question math quiz and his teacher’s response was nothing short of abysmal.
“She made me really sad and upset. I was really mad. And it was a really mean thing to do.” Kamdyn said in reference to the words “absolutely pathetic” written across the top of the quiz.
This is excruciatingly hard to digest especially coming from the young boy’s teacher. This is no way to educate or inspire hope in our youth’s quest for knowledge. In fact, It’s quite literally the opposite and has received appalling responses across the board. Even the boy’s father had to chime in and speak his peace.
“You don’t write that on anybody’s paper, let alone a little 7-year-old, second graders paper,” said Christopher Piland. “It said on the top of it that he answered only 13 of them in 3 minutes and that it was absolutely pathetic with a sad face.”
The post has gone viral and ever since then, people have been trying to reprimand the teacher and have her answer for her incredibly hurtful comments.
So hurtful in fact that Kamdyn said it “broke his heart.” It’s enough to want to reach out to the young boy and let him know everything is going to be alright.
Chris immediately confronted his son’s professor, Alyssa Rupp Bohenek, and had this to say:
“I believe what you wrote on his paper was extremely unprofessional and just very rude and she messaged me back and said she was sorry I felt that way,” said Chris.
With blood boiling with pure anger, Chris didn’t know what else to do but to take to Facebook and seek the guidance of friends and family. His post went viral and had several different polarizing responses. Some backed up the young second grader, while others actually gave the benefit of the doubt to Alyssa, the schoolteacher.
“We teachers do millions of things that people don’t see behind closed doors things that are good for kids,” said East Stroudsburg resident Amy Krushinski. “One moment can I define this teacher’s character.”
The battle to fire or keep the teaching position is now on the line for Alyssa.
Two petitions have been started with one wanting to fire her, while the other is to help keep her job. The petition to fire her has over 17,000 signatures compared to 900 signatures for people calling to keep her job.
Not taking any chances, Chris says Camden will be moving to a new classroom with a different teacher. Hopefully, things start looking better for poor Kamdyn who had no fault in any of this. The Valley View Superintendent said that the district will continue to investigate the situation, but that it won’t be distracted by social media.
“Maybe it’ll be taken seriously now and it’ll keep it from happening to other teachers and other students” Chris stated.
This is just one example of many from incompetent teachers who seek to ridicule their students for pleasure. Well, it is true that teachers encounter a plethora of scenarios that can’t be accounted for, one negative stain like this is enough to discredit their position no matter how many times they do good. It comes down to the fact that this teacher broke a child’s dream when clearly she could have given it a more positive spin.
If anyone does encounter something like this, please be vigilant and speak on it. Teachers are meant to foster a student’s education in any way they can. We hope that Kamdyn get set up with the best teacher in mind for him and that he succeeds upon his next math quiz. Sign this petition if you would like to have Alyssa Bohenek terminated from her teaching position at Valley View school
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