A teacher’s complaint has gone viral after she complained about not receiving enough gifts from her students.
As the unnamed teacher revealed in her post on Mumsnet, she was left feeling “unappreciated” after receiving ‘only’ six gifts from her students despite spending over $50 on Christmas gifts for her students.
“Did your child get a gift from their teacher? If so, what was it? If your child got a gift and you’re in the ‘teachers don’t need gifts just for doing their jobs’ camp, do you not feel bad that teacher has likely spent £30+ and you won’t even spend a quid on a chocolate orange or something?” the teacher wrote in her online rant.
“Asking because I’m a teacher. I work in a school where kids always get a gift off the class teacher. I usually get a good selection of gifts but this year I only got 6. It’s made me feel a bit s*** tbh.”
As the teacher went on to say, she spent over $50 on her gifts for the kids. She also took several hours of her free time to wrap the gifts she had bought for the students.
“I know that there is a pandemic but none of the parents have lost their jobs and I really don’t think a small gift is a lot to ask,” she added.
“Yes, I’m doing my job but I also spend 32 hours a week with these children and have a relationship with them… surely that’s the sort of person in your life that children should be taught it’s nice to buy gifts for?!”
After asking fellow forum participants for their opinions, the teacher sparked a huge debate whereas people were quick to suggest she was being “immature.”
“I’m a secondary teacher. We don’t tend to get gifts and nor would I expect it. This thread makes me cringe. Also… Surely you know this is one of the weirdest and hardest terms ever. I cannot believe you care about gifts tbh,” one person responded.
“Yes, I bought my class gifts, out of my own money. I want them to know I care, and that they are deserving of a gift,” another one added.
“I got a couple of boxes of chocs from children in my class which meant the world – mainly because I know the parents will have had to justify the cash to spend on them in hard times.
“I work in a very deprived area, the children were so grateful for their gifts. I would never, ever expect to receive a gift from them. You sound very immature OP, and also seem to have forgotten the meaning of Christmas.”
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