Most teachers do a great job in teaching critical thinking and supporting students’ curiosity.
Some insist that respect for authority and being right is more important.
You really don’t want those teaching your children.
Redditor asdasds343 encountered this very issue with their son’s school. So they turned to the “Am I The A**hole” (AITA) subReddit for moral judgment.
“AITA for not punishing my child after he corrected the teacher?”
The Original Poster (OP) explained:
“My 10 year old son had to watch some Snoopy cartoon in class during which Woodstock eats a roast turkey.”
“The teacher told the class that this is fictional, and that birds don’t eat other birds.
“My son corrected her and said something along the lines of ‘my uncle trains falcons to hunt other birds at the airport to protect the airplanes.'”
“The teacher got upset said he was ‘disrespectful’ and ‘talking back’ and sent him to the principal’s office. I got called and they explained the situation, that he corrected the teacher.”
“I said ‘well was he right?’ and the principal said ‘it doesn’t matter, this was rude and you need to teach your son show some respect to authority’ and I told the principal ‘I’m not going to punish my son or make him apologize if he was right, maybe your teacher should be better educated.'”
“The principal looked a bit shocked and just told me to leave. Fine by me. Really reconsidering this school.”
Redditors gave their opinions on the situation by declaring:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- NAH – No A**holes Here
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
Most Redditors agreed OP was not the a**hole.
“They revealed their true agenda. Not education, obedience. NTA” ~ Reasonable_racoon
“Yep, from now on the school administration is going to watch OP’s kid like hawks. Birds of a feather flock together. OP ought to check their nest egg to see if they can afford to migrate to a better school. NTA.”
“EDIT: added “migrate” at the suggestion of u/Agnimukha. Thanks for the awards as well, fellow Redditors!” ~ Anonymotron42
“Definitely NTA – When my son was in kindergarten, his teacher said that Christopher Columbus discovered America.”
“My son corrected her, saying that Christopher was a murderer and thief, who thought he’d found India. So glad the teacher didn’t pull what OPs son teacher tried. It would not have gone well for her or the principal.” ~ tikanique
“I saw someone online say before: sometimes people use ‘respect’ to mean ‘treating someone like a person’ and sometimes they use ‘respect’ to mean ‘treating someone like an authority.'”
And sometimes people who are used to being treated like an authority say ‘if you won’t respect me I won’t respect you’ and they mean ‘if you won’t treat me like an authority I won’t treat you like a person’ and they think they’re being fair but they aren’t, and it’s not okay.”
“I’d pull your kid if I were you. The fish rots from the head.” ~ Enlightened_Gardener
Many thought OP was doing a great job parenting.