As a parent, I find myself reading this article saying, "Oh no, I do that!"
Funny, since as a teacher, I read this article going, "Man I hate that!"
Two hats I wear, and still I get caught into these norms wearing whichever hat.... Which is why I think this is a must-read article....
What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents.....
(CNN) -- This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.
I screamed, "You can't leave us," and she quite bluntly replied, "Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can't deal with parents anymore; they are killing us."Unfortunately, this sentiment seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list "issues with parents" as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel. Word is spreading, and the more negativity teachers receive from parents, the harder it becomes to recruit the best and the brightest out of colleges.So, what can we do to stem the tide? What do teachers really need parents to understand?
Please take the time to read the rest of this article here:
Please also check out this post from a few weeks ago on why teachers leave the profession: