Teacher’s open letter gives netizens a peek how our public schools look like after Raffy Tulfo humiliated a public school teacher on national TV!

Amid the video of Raffy Tulfo public shaming a public school teacher on TV has trended, some teachers reacted by bashing the popular yet controversial TV and social media personality.

But some teachers, like Teacher Maureen, refuse to get carried away and join the bash party.

Instead, Teacher Maureen sent an open letter with instructions or tips how to survive inside the classroom and spare oneself the trouble of getting a call from Raffy Tulfo only to be humiliated before national TV and feasted on social media.

In the open letter, Teacher Maureen listed down the most common violations committed by students and asked her fellow teachers to swear not to get mad and just ignore these as they happened inside the classroom.

Simula ngayon, mangako tayo na hindi na tayo magagalit kahit makita o marinig natin ang mga sumusunod sa loob ng ating klase:
1. Nagsusuntukan
2. Nagsasabunutan
3. Hindi gumagawa ng projects/assignments
4. Nagkokopyahan
5. Laging late/absent
6. Nagmumurahan
7. Nagnanakawan
8. Nagrarambulan
9. Sumasagut-sagot sa titser
10. Nambabastos ng kaklase o titser
11. Sisiga-siga
12. Hindi naglilinis at ginagawang tambakan ang classroom
13. Sinisira ang mga school facilities
14. Nag-iingay
15. Nagka-cutting classes

Teacher Maureen went on to elaborate her classroom strategies how to survive in an environment where teachers are under threat of getting sued or receiving a phone call from Raffy Tulfo because a grandmother or a parent reported him or her for trying to instill discipline in the classroom.

Starting today, let us refrain from getting angry or criticize (call their attention of troublemakers) but simply keep quiet. When we see or hear these pupils, let us instead give the parents a call asap. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that even when the parents are in their workplaces, they will report to school in moment’s notice to see their children misbehaving. No ifs and buts. Let us wait for the parents to tell their kids to behave. What we will do is just teach – no more, no less. Leave the disciplinary actions to parents, they say. Self, refrain from saying a word, okay? Otherwise, we will end up at Tulfo’s and risks losing our license (PRC).  We are helpless and no one is there to fight for our cause. We don’t want that to happen. Let us stop getting angry, okay? When the pupil fails to submit projects, record it with a zero mark. Hope the parents will not get mad if their child did not get passing remarks, okay? Don’t asks us what we have done as teachers. Some of you (parents) hate seeing their child being disciplined. You did not discipline  your child in your homes and when he or she is in the classroom, act like bullies or hoodlums and sparing no one including the well-behaved. This is how the system works, self. We can do this.

Teacher Maureen’s FB post has generated more than 10,000 shares, more than 11,000 reactions and 1,700+ comments making it officially a viral post.

Like many other issues, Pinoy citizens are divided but generally, they feel for the public school teachers who have to work in an environment where their movements are carefully watched by parents and guardians who are aware of the power of social media wields in our society.

One netizen suggested a noble idea in Philippine public school system though the private schools have been doing this since time immemorial. “Ano kaya kung ang DepEd comes up with standard set of school rules and regulations with corresponding penalties which shall be read and signed by parents before their children are considered enrolled. Private schools do it.”

Another netizen commented that parents should be allowed to sit in the class and when the child misbehave, let the parent discipline the child. “Let the parents sit beside their children during class time and every time their children misbehave, let them do the discipline on their own way. We will just teach them we will not do anything rather than that. Let’s see if they can can sustain the whole period knowing how their children misbehave…

Note: Corporal punishment in Philippine public schools has been disallowed since 2012 as per Deped Order 40, s. 2012.

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Source: Teacher Maureen

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