7 things parents blame on teachers
Calling all annoying parents! Here's what parents like to blame on teachers when usually it’s usually their own fault.
Sure, there are some bad teachers out there. But, by and large, the men and women who care for and teach our children are rock-star awesome in our book. Think about how challenging it is to parent one or two little ones -- and then multiply that by 20 or more.
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“Teachers rock because they are able to make 60 decisions a minute, all while sipping cold coffee, helping children overcome problems in reading and subtraction with regrouping, and filling out about a million forms in triplicate,” Michelle Howell-Martin was quoted as saying on MLive.com.
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A teacher’s job is hard enough without having to deal with annoying parents. Over at The Stir, writer Julie Ryan Evans took a look at seven things parents like to blame on teachers when usually they should be pointing the finger elsewhere.
Here are the seven things parents blame on teachers, according to The Stir:
1. Poor grades.
If a child isn't doing well on assignments, it's very rarely because the teacher doesn't like him or is out to get her, or anything else subjective.
2. The need for extra assistance.
The fact is not every child is a genius, and some will be stronger in certain subjects than others.
3. Getting into trouble.
Chances are, if your kid is getting into trouble a lot, he is the problem, not the teacher.
4. Their choice of friends (or lack of friends).
If you've ever tried to choose your child's friends for her, you know how well that works.
5. Moodiness when they come home from school.
Some kids get overwhelmed by keeping it together at school all day, then release when they're home in a familiar environment.
6. They haaaaaaate school.
Teachers can certainly make it more or less enjoyable, but the bottom line is that kids are there to learn, not to be entertained, and that lesson needs to start at home with messages about the importance of education.
7. Lack of individual attention and enrichment activities.
The best schools and classes have the support of involved parents who step in to assist teachers with such activities.
Read the whole story at The Stir.
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OH PLEASE, STOP THE WHINING, TEACHERS! You have the EASIEST gig around.
Just a few antidotes about the teachers in my city in the state of CT who earn the highest pay in the state (along with a cushy retirement that we pay for).
When I was told by my daughter's fourth grade teacher "I don't worry about spelling, that is what 'spell-check' is for", the horrified look on my face was probably missed because I spilled my water....
Another great quote by my son's fourth grade teacher "Spelling is not as important as getting your point across. As long as they can get their story told/paper written" it is "okay".
To make it even worse, spelling tests were checked by the students themselves! (they switched papers with each other). Great, kids who couldn't SPEAK English were now CORRECTING spelling tests of English words...
Needless to say, my son learned absolutely nothing that year - in fact, it set the whole class back a whole year in all subjects.
Now we have the privatization of public schools along with charter schools that allow many of them to turn away some students, teach questionable programs, and even pay teachers less than the meager salaries they already receive.
We also have the crazy notion to run schools and treat teachers and students like machines. Everything based on test scores, including a teachers job, salary, bonuses, etc. Blame the teacher if the test score doesn't go up. Apparently it doesn't matter if the child is immature, unable to pay attention, poorly behaved, doesn't do the work, frequently absent, and the parents can't even get their own child to complete their work at home. Yes, by all means, blame the teacher.
Then of course we have the comparison of American schools to other schools in industrialized countries. Of course they don't tell you that in many other countries the students are put into groups, such as the lower achievers and the higher college bound achievers. Our test scores are inclusive of all students, but the test scores we are compared to are often only scores of high achievers. Also many of the countries of industrialized countries make sure their schools have all the personnel and money teaching children require. America's schools are financed by the tax structure of the state and area you live in. It's called inequality.
Then of course you have a teacher like my brother. Dedicated and putting in 50 to 60 hours a week. He frequently take on the "hard to handle" and the low achievers. Do you really think his classroom test scores show that? He spends six hours of every Sunday working in his classroom. Spends about $500 a year of his own money for things the school can't afford. Donates his free time to school activities. He couldn't support his family on his salary so he started a janitorial business on the side working evenings and weekends. Seven years of college and he found he could make more money cleaning toilets than he could as a teacher. He has now reached the maximum salary for his school district at $63,000 a year
As long as corporate America controls the pimps that run government we will have inequality in education, and yes, the teachers and the schools will continue to be blamed for things they have no control over.
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