|Cartoon by Daryl Cagle http://blog.cagle.com/2010/04/21/teachers-in-1960-and-2010/|
I got a recent angry note from a parent right before Spring Break about the amount of homework I'd been giving. Turns out there was only one HW assignment (and 3 tests) the entire month. After I responded with an explanation in an email, I never heard back from the parent. I asked for clarification because I was confused at the source of his concern. I offered to make it better, if he could just clarify what the actual problem was. No response.
Really? Does every single thought need to be said? Would our parents have ever behaved in such a childish manner? Do parents today honestly think we are "out to get" their kids? I mean, I LOVE these kids. It's the brightest part of my day when I see them come in first thing in the morning! I spend hours every day thinking of ways to do special things with their children.
Why is this happening and what can we do about it? Are the parents of the students you teach obsessively defensive about their children as well?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.