That dickwad male faux-teacher just crossed the line.
His students came in and several of them were being pure assholes. To HIM. Not to me. They didn't have their books, and he was trying to head me off about addressing. Fuck knows why. I told them to stand up at the back of the room. He translated and went to physically move them. They shouted him down in low speech and literally physically pushed him away. I snapped and shouted that they needed to stand up and move to the back now. They did so without any further protest.
Class went on. Assholes #1 and #2 stood there as they should have with their arms up, still and quiet. I let them sit down. Asshole #3 moved his arms up and down, leaned against a desk, and sighed just about as loud as he could. He was left standing. That pissed him off. He started muttering under his breath. I told him to go outside. He said...........
Wrong day. Wrong time. Wrong teacher.
My whole face changed and the class went stone silent. ".... Thank you? Did you just say thank you? You. Go outside now. When school is over, you come to my office." I asked the co-teacher to translate this for me. The student asked him why he had to come to my office. My co-teacher responded that he didn't know.
Now the class is under control. They've seen that I'm not fucking around and super fun yank-the-teacher-around-by-the-balls time is over. We finish class, and the student (who the teacher has at some point moved back in from outside where I put him) goes to walk out the door. I shout him down. "Hey. You. My office. Don't forget."
The co-teacher comes running over, dragging the student in tow. "Um. I think maybe this time you just forgive him."
"Just forgive him. I want you to forgive him."
"He needs to come to my office. What he did was really disrespectful."
Please keep in mind the student is standing right there watching this entire exchange.
"Yes but he has many problems in many classes so I think you forgive him."
"Look. I'm not going to punish him, or scream at him, but he needs to come to my office so I can speak with him, because he was extremely disrespectful today."
"But he has a little time."
"He has only ten minutes between classes."
"He has 35 minutes between six and seven class, and all of the time in the world after school."
This man then proceeds to explain to me how he has two children so he can understand children's minds, and it isn't right to punish them harshly. Because I can't understand them, and they are Korean....
I proceed to explain to him that I have been teaching these students for two years, and I understand their minds perfectly well, which is why that student needs to come to my office. Because when my students have a problem with behavior in class, I don't just forget about -- I give them a chance to explain what they are thinking and feeling and where the behavior is coming from.
He's like every bad stereotype about a Korean co-teacher ever wrapped up into one person. And he's not even a fucking teacher. When I got back to the office, my face was like a goddamn bulliten board, and Co immediately asked what happened. I explained it to her, and she was furious. The first thing out of her mouth was, "He thinks you are an idiot?! He has never even taught before! You have more experience than he does!" God bless her. She said I was absolutely right to stand up to him about the student needing to come to the office. It would be one thing if he had the classes under control, but they are ice skating right over him. I'm not about to be next.
Unbelievable. Something tells me this is far from over, but it's nice to know I have the other teachers' support in the case that anything does go down. Right now, I'm trying to walk a tightrope of not being disrespectful to him, as an older male, and not being disrespected by my students because of him. I'll do the first before I accept the latter. Like Co said, "You have to teach them as third graders next year -- you must keep their discipline. He.... he will probably be gone by next month!"