A ninth grade science teacher in a middle-class town says students are becoming less mature and more apathetic. Parents are less mature and more aggressive.
“I have had parents tell me I am ruining their children’s lives because they won’t get into the college of their choice if I don’t give them an A or B. I have other parents who say I am hurting their children’s self-esteem if I don’t give them a good mark because building up their self-esteem is so important.”
And if kids don’t do their homework, it isn’t their fault; it’s the teacher’s, he says. “They say that all the teachers should get together and make sure we don’t give too much homework as a group. ‘Don’t you talk to each other?’ they ask. ‘You teachers ought to coordinate your assignments,’ I’ve been told.”