Teachers these days have a lot of expectations to live up to. They provide quality educational experiences, as well as being responsible for teaching life lessons such as discipline and kindness.
Diane Tirado was an 8th-grade teacher with plenty of experience. She decided to make a rule that any student in her history class would get a zero if they didn't submit homework.
As it turned out, her bosses didn’t take nicely to this decision, so she was sacked.
As a long-time teacher, Diane’s last job at Westgate K-8 School involved teaching history to 8thgraders.
Ms. Tirado assigned her pupils a task, giving them fourteen days to finish it. Those who hadn't given in the homework got a score of zero.
However, Diane said, those higher up didn’t think this was acceptable, telling her instead to award those pupils with 50. This was the school’s lowest grade.
Ms. Tirado couldn't agree. In fact, she refused to give up and says this is what got her sacked.
In an interview with WPTV, Diane said the school head had written to her, but failed to outline why the teacher was losing her job.
Then, Diane left a few words of goodbye on the board for her pupils:
“Bye kids, Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in. Mrs. Tirado.”
According to Diane, another staff member rubbed out her message. So she wrote it once more, took a picture, and shared it on social media.
On Facebook, she spoke of her experience.
Diane wrote: “A grade in Mrs. Tirado’s class is earned.”
“I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids that are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up and it’s not real.”
Her update has been shared virally, with most users taking her side, that non-existed assignments don’t deserve a grade.
“The reason I took on this fight was that it was ridiculous. Teaching should not be this hard,” Tirado wrote.
However, the district board argues she wasn’t sacked because she awarded zeros. As per KSAT 12, Dianne lost her job “because her performance was deemed substandard”.
A different teacher called Lynden Dorval has taken legal action successfully against her school when she was let go for assigning zeros.