Mom and Dad refused to take the blame
It can be hard to shape the minds of the next generation. Working with children can be rewarding, but it can take a lot out of you since you can’t relate to them as adults. Then, there’s the parents.
In particular, there’s the parents who are less mature than their own children. Arguing about grades, the student’s bad behavior, and even proper fashion accessories can make you lose total faith in humanity.
Read as these Reddit users/teachers vent about their students’ parents, and most importantly… Don’t repeat these parents’ mistakes.
Just Not Getting It
My brother is a high school teacher: He had one kid that was early accepted in to the college of his choice and decided that his entire senior year could then be the easy year.
My brother had multiple conversations with the parents throughout the year about the fact that student was failing, as did other teachers. Parents seemed very unconcerned by this.
The day before classes ended, my brother runs into the father out in public, and the father says to him “I am very concerned about (the student). I think his school performance this year doesn’t bode well for how he will do in college.”
My brother: Your son is not going to college. He has to repeat at least five classes this year in order to get his diploma.
Father: No, he’s fine, he is already accepted.
My brother: It’s all conditional. Without his high school diploma – which we have been telling you all year he is not going to get – he can’t get in.
The father – who has a college degree himself – was apparently shocked by this news, and they promptly went right to the School Board, trying to get his entire senior waived “because he was obviously such a strong student that a school accepted him on early admission.” School Board did not agree. (libwitch)
Parents once complained that I let my seventh grade, intermediate ESL students read a story that was a whole 22 pages long, with images for their book report. They had more than a month to read, and it was an edited copy for their level. (LaurenTheOne)
A parent called to complain that I hadn’t put her daughter’s late homework into the gradebook yet. I told her “I can’t put the homework in the gradebook until she actually turns it in.”
This parent just kept asking me why I hadn’t put it in. I kept replying with “I have nothing to put in! She hasn’t given it to me!”
Finally the call ended with “Urg, some people just don’t know how to do their jobs!” (SalemScout)