I'm a librarian in a school, a large school that services five hundred kids a week with a library program (read alouds, crafts, library skills, etc) and book check out. The library is used by other groups before and after school and I find that they move the chairs that I set up (covid spaced). I find them messed up every day and stuff on the floor, tables marked up. So I put up two signs: Please don't move the chairs and Please don't get marker on the table with an arrow showing the remnants in case they wanted to contribute to the removal effort.
Signs for everyone that is there when I'm not..... PTO, custodians, whatever
Well I got a email from a person who is in there in the morning before me saying please don't put up these "disrespectful signs" it's not a " positive way" for the kids to start the day. And complaining how I won't allow them to use my "stuff". I used to leave my markers and stuff out but I had to start putting away all my markers, pencils and paper etc because they were on the floor or dried out or just gone. They started to bring their own, hence the marked up tables.
She cc'd my boss. LMAO
So of course I politely responded and asked her to re-think it for blah blah reasons. OMG
So this is where we have gotten to! I did end with...."Your accusation of disrespecting children is un-called for. Is a stop sign disrespectful....how about keep off the grass?"
Can't we correct children anymore? Is this where we are? Yes, it is. If you could have heard me correct mine. OMG. I was not afraid to tell mine to go shit down and shut their mouth now and pray the school does not call me ever. What is going on that we can no longer try to get children to act with respect and decency for other people's contributions?
Maybe she's not really "mindin" the kids so good? A might sensitive doncha think? lol
Yeah this makes me mad. No respect. I don’t think it’s a new thing though. When I was in school kids were disrespectful the same way. That lady though 😡. I guess you could put “please” and “thank you” on the signs. I mean you shouldn’t *have* to, but I’ve learned to say please when requesting *anything* at work these days. I noticed I get a much more positive response. People are sensitive.
Oh wait, I just read again and you *did* say please. I don’t know what her problem is then. I would ignore her as much as possible and act like she doesn’t exist. Be happy anyway.
This is the exact kind of thing I was talking about in the Watcha Doin thread. It’s crazy and it honestly scares me that people like this have an influence on the next generation. We are already seeing the effects but I can see where it could truly lead if it continues.
What you did was right. What she did was wrong. You are teaching children to respect their surroundings which teaches them to respect themselves. You are not insulting their intelligence by not thinking that they can’t be held accountable for their actions.
(Total side note, I just logged into my email address that's associated with this account which is not my normal email, and apparently you replied to me in a thread two months ago that no longer exists so I don't know what you said. Dang! Oh well.)