During the recorded conversation, the teacher informed the parent, whose identity has also not been disclosed, that the child was refusing to sit down and continuously talking in class.
The parent, initially under the impression that the child might be sick, responded with an apparent lack of concern.
The teacher explained the school’s behavior management system, which involves contacting parents when a student’s behavior becomes disruptive. The parent, however, seemed dismissive, expressing frustration about having to address the issue while working.
The teacher then informed the child’s mom about the importance of collaboration between parents and educators to ensure the student’s success. Despite the teacher’s attempts to foster a partnership, the parent responded defensively, accusing the teacher of trying to be “smart.”
As the conversation unfolded, the teacher repeated the specific behavioral issues, including the student’s refusal to sit down and incessant talking.
The viral recording has sparked a broader conversation about the challenges faced by teachers in managing student behavior and the need for effective collaboration between parents and educators.
Mom: I thought he was sick. So y’all can’t handle it?
Teacher: Well, usually we do our behavior management system, which requires us to call the parent if the behavior is like…
Mom:…well, I’m trying to work…
Mom: You trying to get smart, okay…
Teacher: No ma’am, I’m not trying to be smart. I’m just trying to make us work together to ensure the success of your scholar.
Mom: Well, I mean, what’s he doing?
Teacher: He won’t sit down and he won’t stop talking. Therefore, he’s not able to come…
Mom: You can make him sit down.
Teacher: Well, I can’t make a child do anything. I can request it, I can ask it. But I can’t make him do it and so I want us to work together.
Mom: …y’all need to know how to handle him. I thought teachers know how to handle kids. I mean if y’all can’t handle him I don’t know what you want me to do.