My teaching career would not be complete without memories of outrageous parent complaints.
You didn't let my son get his calculator. You hate him! No, I didn't let your son get his calculator because it was in his locker, and my direction was that under no circumstance was a student to leave the classroom once the standardized test had been distributed.
You didn't give my son his pass. You hate him! And you ruined his day! No. I didn't give him his pass because I did not receive a pass to give him. Although I enjoy looting them for extra cash, that was not the case in this situation. It turns out, this pass wasn't that valuable.
You didn't give my child an award. You don't like my child. No. I did not give your child an award because your child missed twelve out of fifteen assignments, does not participate in class, and has a cumulative average of 63%. It was tough, but I was able to find a student with a higher average and more deserving record.
My daughter failed a test and said it's because you think she's stupid. Your daughter failed the test because she got more questions wrong than she did correct. I'm willing to bet she did not study. I'm also willing to bet the study guide is smashed at the bottom of her bookbag, and that she opted not to attend my after school review session on account of a Starbucks appointment.
But this one, this one right here, sends my blood pressure to a level currently uncategorized by medical professionals. English teacher Judy Buranich is being harassed by parents and community members for spending her personal time writing erotic novels. The video below (and by the way, kudos to this former student for putting matters in perspective) pretty much expresses my thoughts on the issue:
Once again, an excellent educator is being raked over the coals because private citizens are interfering in a matter of no concern to them. I'm thankful my parents had more important things to do (like raise my brother and I) and didn't go looking for ways to destroy one's career.
The fact that Ms.Buranich publishes her novels under a different name proves she separates her two careers. As far as I'm concerned, the conversation ends here.
Why was she discovered? Because someone went digging. As teachers, we can't stop others from launching private investigations on our personal lives; we can only make sure we remain law-abiding citizens so nothing incriminating is discovered.
Judy Buranich did nothing illegal. She did nothing wrong, either. She does not deserve negative publicity, nor does she deserve to be treated in this degrading manner.
If Ms. Buranich assigned her racy novels as a classroom reading assignment, I would understand the cause for concern. If she were fighting to have them added to the curriculum, promoting them on school grounds, or including them in her classroom library, this would be a different case. She isn't.
In school, Judy Buranich teaches English. At home, Judy Mays writes erotic novels. And if anyone thinks other teachers don't have hobbies some would find questionable, they are sadly mistaken.
As an American, Judy Burancih has the right to teach English. Judy Mays has the right to publish novels that are racy, filthy, and loaded with strong sexual content. As an American, you don't have to read it. But, as an American, you should respect someone else may want to.
I'm on Team Judy! Team Judy all the way!!!