Parent involvement is good — up to a point, writes Steven Rothman, a teacher in the Washington Post. In his middle-class suburb, a minority of pushy parents are harassing the teachers of their perfect children.
This year, I taught a student whose mother wanted to meet with all seven of her child’s teachers on what seemed like a weekly basis. Each week, she accused us of not reaching out to her son, saying things like, “You don’t like my child.” She made unreasonable demands. “My child refuses to do work in class. Just make him do the work.” She told us that her son would not do his homework at home and that we should stay after school to see that he did it. It seems as if we have created an “excuse bank” for children, so that teachers are to blame if they fail and not the students themselves.