‘Unreasonable’ parents

Parents are driving teachers out of the profession, writes Ron Clark, founder of an Atlanta school and author of The End of Molasses Classes.

We’re educated professionals who can advise parents about their child’s development, Clark writes. “Trust us.”

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I tell a mom something her son did and she turns, looks at him and asks, “Is that true?” Well, of course it’s true. I just told you.

Stop making excuses for your children, Clark adds. “Be a partner, instead of a prosecutor.”

Not all teachers are trustworthy, responds Charlie Zegers, a teacher’s son, on Dads Good.

We’ve been burned by lazy teachers who don’t want to deal with kids who might need extra help, or by short-timers counting the days until retirement, or by inexperienced newbies who don’t know how to handle difficult situations. And we’ve been burned by layoffs and hiring decisions that push good young teachers out the door in favor of the entrenched, the tenured, and the politically connected. And while we know that most of you are dedicated educators that go above and beyond the call of duty to help our kids learn, we’ve also seen your unions work just as hard to protect the jobs of the least-deserving among you.

If parents seem unreasonable, “there’s a better-than-average chance that our trust has been betrayed in the past by another member of your profession,” Zegers writes.

Update:  Parents deserve respect — and rarely get it, writes Gwen Samuel of the Connecticut Parents Union on Dropout Nation.

Why is it that when parents advocate for their child’s well-being and right to a high-quality education, we are called “anti-teacher”?

Don’t fear parents, Samuel writes. Parents love their children and will support effective teachers.


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