Things One Should NEVER Say at a P.T.A. Meeting
Single parent attends a P.T.A. meeting
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
The initials P.T.A. stands for Parent Teacher Association. If you have ever been to most schools in the United States, then I won’t have to tell you how important this organization is to parents, students, and teachers.
To give my readers a general over-view of what the local P.T.A., or P.T.O. does is: enrich student education, generously supplement each classroom and special area teacher’s room account (100% of parent donations to room accounts fund this), fully funded enrichment clusters, purchase high-resolution visual presenters for classroom use, support fine arts education by purchasing the spring musical production royalties and coordinating the Reflections program, funded professional development of customized science lab curriculum, facilitated Career Day, supports teachers and staff, provides teacher continuing education grants and purchase supplies for the teacher workroom to name just a few of their needed-duties.
President Herbert Hoover was given a lifetime membership to the P.T.A.
P.T. A. board meeting
THE P.T.A. IS NOT JUST ABOUT MEETINGS
Depending on the school system and P.T.A. established for that school district, members of the P.T.A. have a monthly or bi-monthly meeting where parents, single-parents, educators, leaders and members of the community are invited to meet and discuss any problem areas that might need addressing. Sometimes problems are far bigger than just talking about them, so the P.T.A. rep’s meet with the necessary school officials and seek a solution that is feasible with both the school and parents.
In these meetings, there are designated-times in which those in attendance can ask relevant questions about the items that were discussed in the meeting. This is just one of the great freedoms enjoyed by members and non-members of the local P.T.A.
Then there are “those” certain people who for some reason, cannot maintain a civil-mind and exercise self-control and let their passions and mouths get the best of them. This is one of the things that the P.T.A. does not tolerate: Troublemakers who are not out for school-growth and progress, but for themselves and their ego’s.
P.T.A. member, Martha Panbell, protests higher taxes to her school district in 2011
Writing notes at a P.T.A. meeting is always wise
This P.T.A. protest was on Dec. 31, 1957 concerning a "clean sweep" of unwanted political interference
A SERIOUS Note to Parents:
Please, I urge you, Support your
Local P.T.A. for when you support
this worthy organization, you are
supporting your school and
NOW FOR THE REASON FOR THIS PIECE
This is the main reason I give you my personal list of . . .
“Things You Should Never Say at a P.T.A. Meeting”
- “It’s my turn to talk, you useless bureaucrat!” And you say this in the middle of the P.T.A. president’s report to members.
- “Are we going to be given complimentary popcorn and cold beer?”
- “Gosh darn it, my fly has been open all this time!”
- “Let’s all have some fun! How about playing the Chug-a-Lug Game?”
- “Hey, Ms. President, are you married?”
- “Can you P.T.A. members tell me why I never made it past the sixth-grade?”
- “Anger issues? Did you say anger issues? Say that again and I’ll plant my foot in your butt!”
- “This whole meeting makes me feel like being in Communist Russia when it was still a nation.”
- “Somebody told me that Jay Leno was going to be here tonight.”
- “How much longer are you going to be making speeches? I have a bowling tournament to get to.”
- “Hey, I have a question. Is ditch-digging considered a class in school?”
- “These here chairs are for kids, not men like me.”
- “Are we ever going to eat? I missed lunch today.”
- “Anybody know if my wife came to this meeting tonight?”
- “Ma’am, would you repeat that last part, I dozed off.”
- “Did you just call me a ‘Meeting Bully?’ Uhh, what’s that?”
- “What do you mean I can’t bring my dogs in here? It’s cold outside!”
- “Hey, I seen some of you last night down to the gentlemen’s club across the county line!”
- “Get out? Did you say for me to get out?”
- “Oh, don’t worry. I wouldn’t come back to save my hide.”
So, good citizens. If you have never attended a P.T.A. meeting, or you attend these needed-meetings and someone didn’t vote your way and now you want to be childish and say some or all of these things just to disrupt the proceedings to make yourself look big, all I can say to you is . . .