I was wondering if you could do me a favor. I was wondering if you could give me the exact date that….
it became acceptable to accuse and blame the teacher for things that your child should be taking responsibility for.
Because THAT is the day I should have turned in my resignation.
(That teacher that’s been working her butt off to create a fantastic school year for YOUR child, not you)
Parent: He’s little!
Me: He PUNCHED a girl.
Parent: You expect too much of these little kids.
Me: I expect them to keep their hands to themselves.
Parent: It’s just too much!
Also applicable to out-of-school-time programs. Note: Most of our kids walk to and from program.
Parent on phone: WHY DID YOU SEND MY CHILD HOME?
Staff: *lists reasons that include bullying and violence*
Parent: YOU DON’T TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY, YOU’RE PICKING ON MY CHILD. YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH THEM.
Staff: …ma’am, please review the agreement you and [child] signed about behavior and I’ll see them Monday.
Parent: *CENSORED* THEY’RE NOT COMING BACK.
(They were back a week later.)
If a child has to take responsibility for their actions, the parent has to take responsibility for their parenting. That seems to be a major issue for some people.