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
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?