A man’s daughter attended a preschool where a new teaching assistant, a woman in her early 20s, was hired earlier this year. His wife, who is also a teacher, and his daughter both speak highly of this teacher.
Dad’s Doing The School-Run
The man and his wife had recently had a baby, so the man took over school drop-offs and pick-ups. During these visits to the school, the man began to form his own opinion of the new teaching assistant, which was not as positive as his wife and daughter’s.
The first problem concerned a Christmas gift. The man gave chocolates to every teacher, on behalf of his daughter. When his daughter excitedly announced the gift, the new teacher made a comment about how it was “supposed to be a surprise,” which he found unnecessary.
On another occasion, the man overheard the teacher responding negatively to his daughter’s request for more snacks. He explained that she had told the young girl, “You already ate all of our snacks. If I give you more, we won’t have anything to eat tomorrow”. He found this to be rather inappropriate.
Unusual Discipline Method
Thirdly, during a late pickup, the man observed the teacher giving a child cleaning supplies. She told the young boy, “If you want to stay, you’re gonna have to clean the tables and then vacuum, I have to go home, and your mom can’t wait forever”, leading to the boy crying. The man thought this approach was far too harsh for preschoolers.
These incidents made the man feel that the teacher’s behavior was harsh towards the young children. He hasn’t discussed this with his daughter, as she hasn’t admitted to being upset by the teacher’s actions.
Conflict with Spouse
The man expressed to his wife that he wanted to discuss his concerns with the teacher. However, his wife, who is also a teacher, rolled her eyes and claimed he was coddling their child.
The man’s wife was concerned that the man’s parenting style was becoming overbearing. She warned that if he continues in this manner, their daughter might have difficulty when she’s older.
Maybe He Was Overreacting
The man became unsure whether his concerns about the teacher’s behavior were valid or if he was overreacting. He also reflected that his desire for the teacher to be kinder was a product of him projecting his parenting style onto the teacher’s profession.
The man decided he could discuss his concerns with other school staff or administrators. This way, he could hear their perspective on the matter without directly confronting the new teacher and potentially causing a disruption.
Searching For Reassurance
Conflicted, the man headed to the internet for reassurance. However, he did not receive the validation he had hoped for. One reader commented, “If I were a teacher, I’d hate this guy”, and this was only the beginning of the hate the man would receive.
Defending The Teacher
Most readers were defensive about the new teacher, who they perceived to be doing a great job. “The teacher is literally teaching”, wrote one person. “Explaining how presents work, why they can’t eat extra snacks, and what would happen if they refused to go home.”
To the man’s dismay, his parenting was heavily criticized throughout the whole thread. “I can’t imagine how much his wife has to counteract this dude’s entitled parenting to make sure the kid turns out fine”, one commenter wrote.
Disregarding His Wife’s Advice
Overall, the man was ridiculed for thinking he knew better than his wife and the new teacher. “Your wife is also a teacher”, stated a furious commenter. “Are you a teacher? If not, it’s a bit wild to me that you would continue to insist that this teacher is “mean” or “bad” at her job. Do you think your wife is not competent to assess one of her peers?”
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