Has anyone here experienced any type of ageism against younger folk in the field of education? I mean, yeah, I am young, I am inexperienced, etc. I get that. I don't care about ribbing because of my youth, other people getting benefits because they've had more experience with the district, etc. Also yeah, I know students are going to have exponentially less respect for me as a teacher because of my youth. Not only am I young, but I actually look 5 years younger than I really am! But I expect that of children, and I can deal with it and prove them dead wrong when they think they can treat me like their older brother instead of their teacher. My problem is parents and other teachers who are sometimes disrespectful or even downright rude to me, while they remain polite and respectful towards the older teachers. I always model politeness and respect towards older adults. But some parents I've dealt with felt that it was okay to bully me and talk down to me simply because I'm a young guy and they think they can get away with it. Today at a PD meeting we went to, there was a teacher sitting next to me. While we we doing the lab, etc. that was part of the activity, he talked to me in a very rude tone of voice like I didn't know what I was doing, questioned every step I took to see if I was doing the right thing, etc. I helped design that lab and they were using MY materials. I noticed he didn't talk that way to anybody but me and we had two other people in the group. I could be making a hullabaloo about nothing, but I think I've felt behavior towards me that I don't really appreciate, that wouldn't normally happen to someone who was older or at least appeared older. Has anyone who has entered teaching at a young age and looks young felt the same way?