age when just about everything that has gone wrong is blamed on the teacher,
when will we begin to hold parents accountable? Even though principals blame
teachers for excessive failing grades, teachers cannot teach a student that is
not there. Too many students are not only absent weekly, but are frequently
brought to school late by their parent. In addition, they are not absent due to
illness, but because the parent decided to take a vacation out of the country,
or plan some other type activity that is not school-related. When this happens,
it leaves teachers with the challenge of trying to provide make up work that is
hardly ever returned or grading a ton of make- up work that was submitted just
before grades are due.
parents are willing to believe that their perfect child did their work timely
and the teacher did not want to accept it, when that is so far from the truth.
Teachers frequently accept work that is one and two weeks late, and when they
simply can’t extend the deadline anymore, parents have the nerve to become
upset and have no problem asking for even more time. One would think that maybe
we should extend the class period pass the 90 minutes allowed.
portal was implemented to inform students and parents of academic progress, but
now is being used as a tool to bully and harass teachers into giving a better
grade than the student actually deserves. They would rather demand a better
grade than sit down with Johnny and review his homework or what he has learned
for the day. Countless teachers are even being told when to post grades, and
are asking for extra work so that the student can improve grades needed for
anything from high school graduation to college admission no matter how late
the work is, no matter how much work is due, no matter the burden to the
teacher who has to grade the assignments.
showing our kids when parents are allowed to manipulate the grading system?
Where is the user agreement that parents should be required to sign regarding
grades? What’s even more concerning is some parents are trespassing on school
grounds and showing up in classrooms demanding impromptu conferences with
teachers in the middle of class and tutoring sessions. Where is the regard for
parents be made to follow the chain of command when addressing concerns? What
is wrong with talking with a teacher first and getting the other side of the
story before you make up your mind? Judy doesn’t always come to class when you
send her to school, she really showed up with a sheer lace blouse that the
parent purchased that created a dress code violation, and she failed to
complete any work in class while sending text messages on the phone that the
parent provided with the unlimited text plan.
know and work with a lot of good parents that care and are working with
teachers. We could not do our jobs at all without them. We see the care in the
behavior of the children, we see it in their grades, we see it when they visit
us to show us their college degrees, and we see it as they start working in the
community. All teachers are asking is that there be more accountability from
all parents as we try everything we can, including losing sleep and time with
our own families, to help educate our children.
Please stop blaming all teachers for the shortcomings in the classroom.
If parents send a child to school, teachers will teach them. So, if you see a
teacher thank them because they are not doing the job for the money because you
can never pay enough – they do the job because they really do care. Teachers
just need more parents to do their part, so that we can have more success in