At It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages, Mimi is frustrated with parents in denial about their children. It’s a regular Jekyll-Hyde situation.
Me: So, we need to talk about reading…
Parent: Don’t even start that with me again this year.
Me: You’ve heard this before from another teacher?
Parent: Yea, but AT HOME, he’s reading Harry Potter books by himself.
Me: Well, it’s great that you have books at home for him to enjoy, but here at school, it appears that he’s only ready for books with eight to ten words of text on a page…so I’m not sure Harry Potter is the best choice.
Parent: Well he reads it.
Me: All right, but then maybe you can see why I am confused that here at school, he really struggles with more complicated text…
Parent: That’s your problem, not mine.
The student who never speaks at school is a chatterbox at home. The kid who bites classmates at recess? The teacher must have provoked the little angel.