Love your teacher (and help him/her)

Teachers, we love them or hate them. Parents are their best friend, or not so friendly. The government, and some parents, expect teachers to wave a magic wand and, "poof" little Susie or Johnny can read on grade level, do their math, etc. and if they don't it's the teacher's fault.

Teachers are expected to put up with rude, obnoxious children because they have "issues". We all have issues and sometimes we just have to put on our big girl/boy panties and deal with it.

Let's be honest, not all children will be a doctor or physicist, nor would we want them to be, so stop having unrealistic ambitions for a child. No, I'm not saying to stilfe their dreams, but someone who can't multipy 7 x 8 in their head in middle school has a few problems.

Parents, be THE PARENT, you tell child when to go to bed, if they tell you they've finished their homework then check it. Yes, you can go through your child's backpack, you're the parent.

Parents, please don't be offended, but before you believe every word that comes out of your little darlin's mouth, check with the teacher first. Could be Susie made a bad grade because, oh travesty, she didn't do the work........... or didn't get all the answers correct, didn't put her name on the paper, I couldn't read it etc. Try volunteering to help your child's teacher - you might learn something.

Teacher's get paid very little for all they deal with - no supply money, extra paperwork (even though we are in paper saving mode), longer unpaid hours, and for what? The parents are upset because their child is failing, yet when I call your house every day for one solid week, you don't respond back to me, why?

Is it the teacher's responsibility to teach your child on how to behave and speak to adults in a respectful manner? It would appear it is because many of today's children come to school totally unprepared on how to behave in the upper grades, and think it's okay to talk when the teacher is talking, walk around the room at random, and use a tone that should be fightin' tones. Oh, but, please, let's not hurt their little feelin's as their emotional growth might be stumped.

Teachers are human and would love parents to be a parent, most of us are parents so we do understand. We have to work together and when your child know's we are on the same page, chances are your child will learn to tow the line, be successful, and learn.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Great Hub, Dittos on the idea of respecting those who serve in the classroom, educating our children is a team effort.


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Gicky Soriano 6 years ago from California

When I last looked up the word "parent" I came across this definition: "somebody's mother, father, or legal guardian - to be or act as a parent to somebody or someone." To "act" as a parent means to take responsible action and participate in the outworking of a child's growth in one's care. Teachers can't be left alone holding the bag - your child's future. The education of the child begins from the home. Wake up parents and get with the program! A challenging hub here.


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

Good article and I agree with the parent not living “their” dreams through the children. I also, and have said many times, the parent must be “the” parent. They are the child’s educational base, which puts them on the right track---or not.

However, we do have teachers in the systems that have NO business being there. They can make or break a child’s educational desires. I can remember every good teacher, and bad, that I had growing up and so do my children. In my opinion, tenure should be removed from the school system and a merit system put in place for providing successful learning skills...


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BJC 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks for your comments. Kids really do want someone to show them how to be respectful and do the right thing. I've had many students tell me thanks for helping them and one female student said she was closer to me than her mom - not good. All I did was remind her how to dress appropriately and she was smart enough she didn't need the wrong attention from males.


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

My daughter in law is a first grade teacher, and she has more patience than I will ever have. Teachers are a rare breed. But the system is hindering the teachers by giving them guidelines which actually lower the standards of learning. Great Hub.


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BJC 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Jiberish, yes the system is flawed for sure. I was a late bloomer in life and currently I'm exploring other options as employment. That's one reason Ive not been able to be so frequent on hubpages as there is MUCH paperwork to do and it is tiring............... thanks again.


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matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

stopped by to let u know, that i'm thinking of you, and to wish you a merry christmas


Royal Diadem 6 years ago

Most of the parents do not know how to do the work so they can not help the childrens. Great Hub!

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