After a petition called for the removal of a second-grade teacher, who was accused of undermining the confidence of a young student, parents weighed in on how they felt about the instructor’s teaching methods.

Chris Piland took to Facebook to complain about the comments made on his son’s elementary school math test.

Written in red ink atop the worksheet titled “3 Minute Drill” a teacher wrote “absolutely pathetic he answered 13 in 3 min! Sad.”

The assignment featured 50 subtraction problems. Piland said:

… I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a [child’s] work such great motivation.

My son Kamdyn's teacher has been so rude to him and myself all year he comes home with this and I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a childs work such great motivation

Posted by Chris R Piland on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Times-Tribune identified the teacher at Valley View Elementary School as Alyssa Rupp Bohenek.

Following the incident, an online petition, which garnered over 8,000 signatures called for the firing of Bohenek after her feedback was shared on social media.

One person called her a “bully” and demanded she be removed from the classroom. While other parents shared the same displeasure with the teacher on Facebook. One person said:

I’d rather them take the time and do it right than get a bunch wrong in 3 minutes.

Another person wrote:

Just because this child couldn’t finish doesn’t mean they don’t know the material. Some just don’t process things as quickly as others and that’s o.k. This teacher should really not be teaching. Her nasty, condescending comment should be addressed by the administration immediately …

Still, many online came to the teacher’s defense and said the second-grader’s dad should stop enabling his son.

One person wrote:

The teacher was definitely wrong to write what she did but come on. The child is in the second grade, the math was simple and it took him 3 minutes to answer 13 problems.

That’s 4 problems a minute. Are we not expecting anything from children today?

Valley View Elementary’s superintendent, Rose Minniti, said no disciplinary action will be taken against Bohenek without a proper investigation, and the outcome would be decided by “the facts and evidence” rather than “social media.”

Should the teacher be disciplined for her feedback written on the student’s test?

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20 Replies to “Dad Shares Teacher’s Harsh Feedback Written on Second Grader’s Math Test: ‘Such Great Motivation’”

  • Margaret Cocke 10 months ago

    Not every child works well under the stress of being timed. Maybe he gets frustrated easily and even though he knows the correct answers, he can’t think of them as quickly as other kids can. This is a nasty remark that no child should ever have been written on his test paper and she should be reprimanded for it and if she ever does something like this again, maybe she needs to find another job.

  • Teresa C Lewis 10 months ago

    Not all children are on grade level performing grade level tasks even at 2nd grade. Shameful that any teacher would write such a negative comment on a child’s paper. As a veteran teacher, I am appalled…teachers like that have no place in the classroom!

  • Anonymous 10 months ago

    She needs a different place of employment, should not be allowed with children. She seems unstable!

  • Cindy 10 months ago

    Who knows what that child was going thru that day! ANYTHING could have been on his poor little mind! From experience, I have custody if my Granddaughter who has been thru more than I can say! There are times in school when her mind wonders and cannot concentrate!! This DEFINITELY needs to be investigated!! As for the remark in the test there’s NO excuse for that!!! No matter what age a child SHOUD NOT be rediculed!!!!

  • Jason Seiler 10 months ago

    I would have considered 10 minutes OK for that. That’s how I was taught in that grade… 10 minutes for 50 problems was more than reasonable.

  • Anonymous 10 months ago

    I work with grown adults who cant do simple arithmetic in their head at all….I mean 20 and 30 somethings…SIMPLE arithmetic…..THAT to me is sad…..

  • KatieK 10 months ago

    I’d say this teacher needs to be able to identify for herself why a child is having difficulty. This teacher seems inadequate in HER abilities as a teacher.

  • Robbie 10 months ago

    The superintendent should be evaluated as well. That is absolutely ridiculous no matter the circumstances. Teachers play a tremendous roll in children during their formative years.

  • Anonymous 10 months ago

    All students learn in their own way and at their own speed. Ridicule such as what was written on the test paper was unacceptable and cruel. I had a student who was unable to stay awake while reading. So when the book he was having a test on needed to be read, I put it on tape and as he drove to school each day, he listened to the story and got an A on his test. Take the time to help the student learn, don’t point out what they are doing wrong.

  • Annette Shaw 10 months ago

    to me that is emotional abuse. No child(adult) should be told they pathetic. Especially a Child!!!!!!!. My son was late for class once and teacher decided to put his name on a board for all to see, there was exams going on and had to take a detour. He was devastated by this. I drove back to school and gave that teacher a piece of my mind. How dare any one use humiliation on anyone. That comment (pathetic) will probably stay with that child and he will have a negative memory of school. The teacher has done training, that comment she put, she must know it is totally unacceptable. This does need to be addressed through the proper channels.

  • Mary Stair 10 months ago

    The child needs to be evaluated for the A spectrum so he can be placed with the proper teacher. Circumstances at home also could be a factor. Eating a good breakfast and proper sleep! Still that teacher needs reprimanded. Reflects on her ability to teach all kids not just the fast. Looks like he does know how to do math though. Why time it?

  • Sarah 10 months ago

    No matter how a child performs the teacher should NEVER write or say disparaging words to that young student. Students only grow with encouragement and love. This teacher needs remediation to help her understand the power of words.

  • Lori 10 months ago

    Teachers like her are not needed! Calling a child pathetic is in itself DOUBLY PATHETIC! She has single handedly ruined this kids self esteem! Good thing I’m not the parent!

  • Anonymous 10 months ago

    This is a further condemnation of the public school system where 20-30 kids have one teacher and are expected to work and react the same exact way. Pink Floyd sang about being “another brick in the wall” and its far to true. The best teachers are those that have few students and can give quality teaching and take the time to show the students how to do whatever they are attempting to do. The days of being a master and apprentice are still very much needed. But in today’s modern school system, its about test scores and cranking out the next generation of mindless drones to work for those that have been taught right. Give them just enough education to do their work, pay them just enough to survive or better yet, hand it to them so you have to depend on the government…and move on. This is how the companies trapped workers in the 19th and early 20th century….you had to shop at the “company store” on “company credit” and then of course, you had to work to pay OFF that credit and you never could work enough time to do that. We have come full circle on this these days it seems.

  • Anonymous 10 months ago

    I’m absolutely against teacher comment. I think, this child just need help with practicicing subtraction strategies such as breaking up numbers. However, regular education teachers have lack of special education knowledge (and most of them do not want to know any special education strategies). They may have difficulty of identifying, assessing and correcting problems, that could be illiminated using simple modifications, sometimes.

  • Satinya Dale 10 months ago

    This woman should not be a teacher. She obviously cannot respond in an appropriate manner and is unprofessional. This is the first time that she has been caught; who knows how long she’s been doing this. Teachers are supposed to support, motivate, and encourage students not bully them with insensitive comments. Fire her ____!!!

  • Anonymous 10 months ago

    Hmmm I wonder what happen to No Child Left Behind. Send a note to the parents with extra work sheets to help the child where he or she may be struggling. Degrading a child is horrible and shame on that teacher for her harsh words to a second grade student. These students are our future, and using harsh words is not a good teacher work ethic for our children or for their self esteem! Her negative remark was definitely not in that students best interest!

  • C. Schoning 10 months ago

    I AGREE THAT THIS SHOULD NOT BE DECIDED BY SOCIAL MEDIA, however peoples comments should be at least considered as a cross section of todays parents.
    As a senior citizen and retired school employee, I thought a teachers job was to encourage and praise not to make negative and hurtful comments!
    How well did this teacher know her students, their abilities, weak spots, life on the playground, home life, etc. THOSE ARE IMPORTANT If a teacher is not dedicated enough to know their students well, they are in the wrong profession.

    • Anonymous 10 months ago

      Could not have said it any better

  • Maggie 4 months ago

    I understand the concern voiced by the child’s father, what I do not understand is why the teacher took a sarcastic, bullying approach. The child is still very young, and obviously not used to taking timed tests which in of itself can put a lot of stress on a child. I do not believe the teacher should be fired, instead sending the teacher to sensitivity classes, just like industries everywhere whose employees need to address certain behavior patterns in the workplace. The best thing dad can do at this point is to spend quality time one in one with his son, creating mock tests that are timed. Once the child has a strong grasp long each problem should take, and he can do multiplication tables the old fashioned way, by memory – that will help him enormously. I am sure this has been a painful experience for all parties involved, but with sensitivity training along with an adjusted attitude, she might turned out to be one of the best.

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