Ballet teacher says teaching today’s kids is “traumatic”

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A 22-year-old ballet teacher is receiving mixed reactions after she revealed her frustration with teaching today’s children.

The woman, known as Sai on social platforms, gave examples in a nine-minute TikTok video. She said the video was a call to action for parents of pre-K to high school children.

“The children today, I have never had the experience… teaching and working with you boys has been the worst experience of my life,” said Sai.

Ballet teacher says parents also don’t respect authority

The ballet teacher revealed that her class consists of 10 five-year-old girls. She says that parents do not accept comments about their children’s distracted behaviour.

“They have no respect for any authority. You ask them if you can stand in your designated place, they say no and shut up. They are throwing things at each other, they are throwing things at other people, other pupils. You say if everyone can sit in their place. ‘I don’t want to, I’m not doing that, you don’t have to tell me what to do, you’re not my mother.’ You confront the parent, the parent tries to argue with you and make fun of you because you tried to redirect and criticize their child.”

In one instance, the teacher reportedly had to redirect a ballet student seven times in a session. She then went to the parent when she was raising about the child’s problem following instructions. In response, the parent apparently questioned the teacher about asking the child to do something after the child refused.

“What a world we live in,” Sai said in her TikTok video. “It’s a good thing in your brain as a parent, ‘Hmm my child isn’t following any directions, that’s a good thing, it’s not that bad and you don’t have the right to tell her what which you do.’ It’s sad, it’s sad. It’s very difficult.”

A teacher says her students want grown-up music

The ballet teacher also said her student’s taste in music is “terrible”.

“Your five-year-old daughters want to listen to ‘Pound Town’ and ‘SkeeYee.’ I’m playing Princess Tiana’s ballet music for them, and they’re asking me, ‘Can we hear Poundtown,’ she said before getting emotional. I don’t know what to do and I’m scared for these little girls today because this is the craziest agenda I’ve ever seen in my life. Your girls are twerking at five. Where is the parentage? Where are the boundaries?

Sai said parents are “hurting” their children instead of “helping” them by exposing them to “raunchy” music. She says that despite trying to set an example with what she wears and plays in class, the parents still expose the children to inappropriate materials.

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In addition, the ballet teacher says that gentle parenting techniques do not work in the studio. When she asks children to “breathe” during an event, the teacher says children respond, “Shut up.” At the same time, the parents are making “excuses.”

“Come in and you’re more concerned about what’s going on on your Instagram feed and TikTok than being a parent. Be a royal parent. Your boys are terrible for a king’s parents. As I’m sorry to say, this generation… not all but most I’ve dealt with children between 5,4,3 years old, you’re not ‘give a parent to your children at all.’

The ballet teacher challenges parents to spend more time with their children and correct disrespectful behaviour.

Her video submission has been viewed over 12.5 million times on TikTok and has nearly 100,000 comments and over two million likes.

See her full comments below.


HELP!!!! I’m calling out to all parents educators teachers MOMS DADS WHO PLEASE take time to work with your children stop listening to adult music around them spend time with them we need CHANGE #fyp #fypp #eduation #parents #parenting #school #help #trending # change

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