Blog By mariam | 26-07-19
Salman Khan Is All Set To Become Mama For The Second Time
A teacher plays an important role in a child’s life by helping him/her acquire knowledge, competencies, and values. However, there are not many who value the role of a teacher in their lives.
Just read on to know some outrageous things told by some parents during a parent/teacher interview.
I had a Mom complain about the grade her kid received on an essay. I had given the essay a C- and the Mom was saying that it was obviously an A essay. I assured her that I was not biased and pointed out numerous issues with the essay, such as spelling mistakes.
Mom then reveals that SHE wrote the essay, not her kid. With a smug grin, she says: “Now you’ve got some explaining to do!”
Yeah, it’s me that’s got some explaining to do.
The worst was a mother who threatened to pull her daughter out of the school system if she wasn’t given the lead soprano role in the high school’s Christmas concert.
Her daughter had auditioned, like everyone else, but didn’t have either the voice or skills required for the part. (The student understood this and agreed with the decision; it was her mother that turned it into a confrontation, believing her daughter to be an “opera-star-in-the-making”).
The one who told me the reason I was a bad teacher was because I wasn’t a mom. No fertility issues (but what if!) but had just gone through a terrible break up of a relationship heading toward marriage and family. Not really what a 35 year old woman wants to hear from the mother of an emotionally disturbed child.
Wasn’t at a parent-teacher conference, but I tutored the child of a very aggressive parent who was so sure that their child was going to get into the number one high school in the state and would not let anyone tell them otherwise. The mother confronted me because I was taking about two lessons to go through past papers. That was because he was getting everything wrong so I needed to explain almost every question. His ability level wasn’t nearly close, and the poor child was under so much pressure from his overbearing parents. I never heard from them again.
It’s amazing how many parents think they can teach teachers how to teach.
Not me, but wife is a kindergarten teacher and suspected that one of her students may be autistic. The kid couldn’t communicate well at all, had issues with using the bathroom, and showed other classic signs of autism. My wife had a conference with the mother and explained that she would like him to be evaluated, but the mother refused and said that if her son did have autism, my wife was the one who caused it.
5th grader with a ton of potential and an awesome personality… He was one of my favorite students, but chronically unprepared and always behind on homework. Mom comes in for conference, and makes excuses for him, blames me for giving confusing assignments (not accurate), and tells me how she can’t help manage his HW because she has 2 other kids to worry about. For example, grandma picks up kids and drops them at brother’s baseball practice, my student leaves backpack in grandma’s car, mom picks up kids after practice – her conclusion was “why should brother miss out on baseball because he has siblings?” After about 5 min of this, I stopped her and turned to the kid. I asked him if he thought he could be doing more, even if it’s on his own, and he said that he could. I told him I thought so, too and thanked them for coming in. Next day at school, I told him that I thought he was a great person who had a ton of potential and that he was going to have to make things happen for himself. He totally understood what I meant. It broke my heart.
One of the parents in my daughter’s class had their conference right before mine. I was sitting in the hall and could hear them trying to rebut every thing the teacher said. THEN these parents brought in the mom’s sister, who is a teacher and she got in on it with her “expert opinion”.
Their kid was a jerk by the way…he stabbed my kid with a scissors and was known as the class bully.
Oh man. I was working at a boarding school on their summer school course. We had 2 boys (8 and 11) arrive with their uncle who they were staying with (the boys were from the UAE). He’d come to drop them off for 5 weeks but neglected to tell the children; they thought they’d come for a nice castle tour. Uncle books it and leaves it to us to explain that they were staying for 5 weeks, rather than having an awesome holiday (they’d been doing some really cool things for the week prior to being dropped off). During the kids stay the uncle would take the boys off campus to go to the mosque and bring them back on Saturday afternoon. One week they came back with games consoles which they weren’t allowed. Uncle tried to bribe me to let then keep them by offering me a white chihuahua puppy and when I declined he shouted at me for being common and poor. During the boys last week several trunks full of clothes and belongings arrived because surprise! The kids were going to be staying at the school until they were 18. Best parents ever.
I had a parent come in a week before school ended and tell me their child had the worst year ever and demanded to know what I was going to do to change it.
Not one kid in particular, but every year there are one or two aggressive of disrespectful students. 90% of the time, the parents try to make excuses about how this is “normal” how “all kids are like this at that age” and how I should “show them more compassion” instead of owning up that there is a discipline problem. Those same 90% of parents are also usually disrespectful and verbally aggressive to teachers and everyone dreads talking to them. That saying about the apple not falling far from the tree rings oh so true.
Alternatively, the parents who are the most apologetic and a delight to talk to are the ones with fantastic children. “Sorry if my kid was not focused…” is a line I get too often. Are you kidding Ma’am? I would adopt this child if I could!