WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WGHP) — A father is taking action to improve his child’s behavior at school.
He asks other parents with children in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system to do the same. This week, the father spent several days in class with his son to make sure he treated teachers with respect.
He made a post on Facebook about the experiment which got over 4,000 shares.
Corey Johnson got his son’s report card, which showed mostly F’s and comments from teachers that the poor grades reflected his effort and behavior. For the past three days, Johnson has accompanied his son, who is in eighth grade, to class and sat with him to monitor his actions. What the father saw surprised him and he wants to raise awareness of what teachers face.
“Parents, we have to push them,” Johnson said. “We have to get involved. It is not up to these administrators to bring our children to school and show respect. It’s not up to these teachers. It’s up to us.”
Johnson’s Facebook post describes his time in an eighth grade classroom at Northwest Middle School in Winston-Salem. The post reads in part: “The blatant disrespect our children show teachers is ridiculous.”
He details the swear words and retorts he heard as educators tried to do their job. Her son is one of those misbehaving children.
“I never thought my son would be in there,” he said. “He doesn’t do that at home. And he knows better.
When Johnson discovered the poor grades and behavior, he took immediate action, walking hand-in-hand with his son through the college’s front doors to each classroom.
“If we don’t tame them now, we have no chance of seeing what they’ll be exposed to when they get to high school,” he said.
The father wants to save his son from the path he chose when he was that age.
“Go to school,” Johnson said. “Be better than me. Get an education. Get a better paying job than me. You can do it. All you have to do is try.
He will continue to come to school and observe for as long as it takes.
“I’ll be up there Monday morning,” he said. “I’m not done. I’m not going to stop until I feel like I can trust my son. From the moment he leaves my house to the moment he comes back to my house, he’s going do what he’s supposed to do in my presence.
Johnson said he was working to schedule a meeting with the district superintendent. He wants to discuss ways parents can get involved and how they can help these overworked teachers.
Until then, he asks parents to have conversations with their children about respect.
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