What teachers really want to tell parents
I am extremely passionate about education. I have always loved school and valued a top-notch education. I was accepted to several elite universities before I ever made the difficult but absolutely correct decision (for me anyway) to attend BYU-Idaho. It is my love of education and learning in general that makes me want to be a teacher. It is not a prestigious profession by the worlds standards but I believe that it should be. Educators are charged with the responsibilities to teach children and young adults the necessary skills they will need throughout their life while trying to instill a life-long love of learning (which I believe is a skill in and of itself that many children and even adults today are lacking). Teachers don't just teach reading and mathematics. They teach social skills, responsibility, organization, as well as help children to cultivate a strong work ethic. However, in my few experiences in the classroom, in addition to my many experiences as a student, I have found that many teachers are struggling to convey and ingrain these lessons in their students because of the children's overprotective parents. This is one of my biggest fears. I am not saying that parents should take a backseat to their child's education; in fact, I believe quite the opposite. Parents and teachers should be working in tandem to help their child to succeed in their educational endeavors. The relationship between parents and teachers should be an open partnership. What I wish parents would understand is that their child will do worse,not better, if they fight their battles for them. I know that I will have more than my fair share of what more than one source calls "helicopter parents," who hover over their children, doing everything for them, including fighting their battles for them. School should be sort of difficult; it is part of the learning process. However, I can only hope that parents can realize the role that a teacher can play and the benefits that a true education can have on their children if they would only not interfere.
** One of my friends and professors on campus posted the following article on Facebook today. It is originally from CNN.