Federal MP learns a valuable lesson on why you shouldn’t upset a teacher

You might remember reading on Wednesday about Federal MP Andrew Laming’s comments about teachers on social media? Well, he copped
Andrew Laming has copped a hilarious grilling from a Queensland teacher. Source: YouTube

You might remember reading on Wednesday about Federal MP Andrew Laming’s comments about teachers on social media?

Well, he copped a lot of flak for his “Are teachers back at work this week, or are they ‘lesson planning’ from home? Let me know exactly.” comment on Facebook.

Read more: MP slammed for social media comment about teachers

And now one angry teacher’s response is going viral on social media, and making teachers and non-teachers alike have a laugh.

After reading the comment on social media, Brisbane teacher Katrina Crook took it upon herself to email Laming.

Answering his question of “Are teachers working this week?”.

“You bet your life we are,” Ms Crook wrote.

“I can’t think of a teacher alive who would want to walk into a classroom on that first day unprepared. Teachers are in their studies and in their classrooms this week printing resources, making posters, decorating classrooms, organising resources. Who do you think pays for all those resources, printing, boxes for storage, name tags…. the list is endless. We do Andrew. Teachers. No cushy expense account for us. No buying a luxury condo at the Coast in my lunch hour when I’ve popped off for a quick break. No private jet to ferry me around. No six figure salary with a pension for life. Just good old fashioned hard work by a teacher who cares about her profession and loves the children she teaches.

“So yes Andrew, teachers are working this week. And every other week in the school year. You’d do well to remember that. Try getting out and about into classrooms occasionally. You might just be surprised!”

But it’s not just her email that’s earned her praise.

It’s her cheeky ‘marking’ of Laming’s email response that’s going viral on social media.

Picking out his spelling and punctuation errors, Ms Crook took it upon herself to mark and grade Laming’s email and give him a little bit of extra feedback.

In true teacher fashion, she used a red pen to mark.

Ms Crook posted the marked, graded email on Facebook and it’s become an overnight sensation.

She gave Laming a ‘D’ for his email and left the following comment:

“Andrew, you have made an attempt to write a letter but you aren’t quite there yet… I would also have liked to see some more detail in your response given the original piece and your reason for reply. Perhaps an apology and detail of any follow up to redress this issue… More thought to the formalities of letter writing, punctuation, and your response may see an improvement in your grade.”

Check it out below!

What do you think of the teacher’s response to Laming? Did this give you a giggle?






  1. Anne mangraviti  

    Love it as my reaction was similar!

  2. Barry egan  

    Great but not saying anything else in case i get avf lol

  3. Ruby Tuesday  

    Go to the top of the class Katrina! 😊

  4. Spiro  

    This mug Pollie has the temerity to say hes interested in education? So bloody well he should be,he certainly needs it.Head ,please meet Palm.

  5. Helen  

    His email speaks volumes on the fact that you don’t need any qualifications to become a politician. Is he thankful that he is where he is today mostly due to the teachers he had when he was at school? I highly doubt it. His “apology” is an utter disgrace.

  6. Jo  

    He needs a dictionary. He obviously doesnt know what education, democracy, stupidity nor apology mean.

    Maybe he didnt pass literacy standards when he was younger…

  7. Denise  

    As a retired teacher I now have the time to listen more carefully to what some of these stupid people are saying:
    The trouble is they are judging other people by their own standard
    Teacher basing has been a sport played by politicians and the media for far too long.
    Teachers-to a degree are unable to comment as it comes back to bite.
    Not too long ago a senior NSW Dept of Education executive addressed a conference and made the comment that teachers need to remember that they are Public Servants and need to abide by those guidelines – effecting silencing them.
    I applaud Katrina as do many other reasonable people.
    Ihave over the years seen Politicians do their fly in fly out visit to schools. They return to Sydney/Canberra on their charter flight and tick the box to say they have ” been there”. Did they do anything other than disrupt the school routine and tie up very busy teachers for a couple of hours – no!
    I just remembered-they usually have an entourage-it is too scary for them to travel alone

  8. Carrie  

    This was one of my friends thoughts to me on this issue – they are not an offended teacher.
    “It strikes me that Mr Laming suffers from the dreaded disease that strikes certain politicians of any and all political persuasions; Safeseat-itis. That terrible affliction when you feel you have your constituency sown up and your majority is safe. At this point the politician’s greatest weakness takes over. Yes they lose control of their ego. This happened to Andrew quicker than most and he is a lot less capable a politician than most, especially when it comes to hiding the prime symptom of safeseat-itis; insufferable smugness. This means he manages his constituency only in favour of those who agree with his point of view and feels completely justified in ridiculing and often abusing those who hold a different view. Of course what Andrew and other sufferers fail to remember is, in the wise words of the Buddha – Nothing is Permanent. You can guarantee when the inevitable change happens poor Andrew won’t be able to believe quite what has happened to him and will blame anyone and everyone but himself. In the meantime we should just keep politely reminding him he does have constituents who disagree with his politics but more importantly, his communication style. Maybe just maybe, if this doesn’t cure him of this terrible disease it will make the symptoms easier to bear, for him and us.”

  9. Alan Roberts  

    MPs say anything without thinking and seem to have no idea how hard teachers work. They are the most undervalued people in our society in my view because they are so important to the education of our children. But I think the teacher ruined the response by marking the letter as she’s being pedantic. Yes, there were errors in the form but who cares. And using ‘is not’ and ‘did not’ instead of the abbreviations, really. Does she think that’s what people do in the real world. It’s not the public service or business, its people like you and me in our everyday writing and I’ll bet the vast majority of us will use the abbreviations. It’s how we speak and isn’t that easier to say, and write, than it is, or that is, how we speak.

  10. Drew Jackson  

    Poticians love to dump on teachers especially when they are on holiday, they rarely do so mid semester when they can organise a response as a group. This individual teacher has done a great job in responding to this unwarranted attack on her profession. The huge response she has recieved shows that many in the community value the work of teachers and most would put their children’s teachers well ahead of their local MP, Federal or State as being a more important person to their family’s well being and future. If you bash teachers you’re either out of touch or politically suicidal.

  11. Jackie Hicks  

    At least I have air conditioning at home for lesson planning. Would not like to be in the staff room or classroom this week of my 8 year old state high school in Sydney’s north western suburbs that has air conditioning in only 1 room!

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