Pop quiz, your child's teacher contacts you saying they have some concerns about your child's recent project and would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your child's performance and strategize ways to ensure their success, do you:
A) Schedule a meeting with the teacher
B) Tell the teacher that it's their problem and if they can't get [child] to do their work then you need to get another administrator involved.
C) B + incredible amount of condescension implying that teacher isn't doing their job.
[This message edited by hurtbs at 7:17 PM, February 11th (Tuesday)]
"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate." - Asimov
"Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you." - Ovid
I know this because it is all posted on Facebook. .
At our school it's not usually calls about academics, it's about their behavior... and we get the "but he doesn't behave like that at home..."
Well... no kidding... at home no one is asking him to use his brain and do anything more tedious then play xBox or watch TV or run the streets...
[This message edited by jrc1963 at 8:41 PM, February 11th (Tuesday)]
...and we still have to get together for a big conference about Johnny after school because the parents "want to know what's going on."
It's funny you bring this up, my H and I had a discussion about this last night. There are 2 school districts in the St. Louis area that are about to go under, they are unaccredited, and have lost the good students to other districts.
When the families of the remaining kids are on TV talking about it, they act like it is a failure on the schools part that their kids aren't performing well. It is really sad, because you know that these kids don't have the basic things in life like a Mom who loves them and helps them. Food on the table, and so forth.
I think a lot of these kids would be better off in an orphanage, or foster care.
It is a whole culture, and each generation gets further and further from really knowing and understanding what their role as a parent really truly is.
All affairs are variations on a theme. No one has 'Beethoven's 5th' to everyone else's 'Chopsticks'.
It's unglamorous and demanding work, and the only time that teachers get the level of attention they deserve is during contract negotiations, when they get demonized.
"These are days when no one should rely unduly on his competence. Strength lies in improvisation. All the decisive blows are struck left-handed."
I'm on the admissions committee for the medical school which means I interview the little darlings so they can tell me how much they luurve science and people.
This last year a parent tried to come in and explain why little Alice would be SOOOO wonderful as a doctor. I was like Get. Out. Damn.... Are ya gonna come dissect their cadaver, too?!?