Monday, November 14, 2016
You've seen this comic before I'm sure. When I first saw it, I wondered if I blow things out of proportion. Did that parent really just attack me, or am I too sensitive? Is she asking questions to prove I'm wrong, or is she just trying to gather more information? However, I received an email recently that is clearly blaming me for their child's performance. The closing wasn't "sincerely" or even "respectfully", it was "this is unacceptable". I am being reprimanded by a parent who has been bamboozled by her son.
Just a few weeks ago a girl had an incident with my substitute teacher while I was at NCTM. The incident had nothing to do with me, it was an exchange between the sub and this student. However, the parent demanded that I send her a copy of the lesson plans that I left for the sub. Wait? What? The lesson plan had nothing to do with the incident.
I'm at a loss as to why I have to defend my almost every move. I have to defend my lesson plans. I have to defend my grading procedures. I have to defend the grades they students earn. I even had to defend my sick days to parents in the past (or at least was asked to).
Why have we lost support and respect?
My next move: Write an email home to a parent whose child is doing fantastic work. That always cheers me up.