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Educator: What Teachers Want Parents to Understand

Educator: What Teachers Want Parents To Understand

Dealing with parents can be difficult, and there are a myriad of ways to handle passive aggressive emails or other obstacles parents and guardians can throw your way. 

Ron Clark, educator, recently wrote an article, "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents" featured on CNN.com. Clark is the author of "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck -- 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers", and was also given the title of  "Teacher of the Year" by Disney and was Oprah's pick as her "Phenomenal Man," according to CNN.com.

In the article, Clark mentions a principal who told him she was leaving the profession because of parents.

"You can't leave us," and she quite bluntly replied, "Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can't deal with parents anymore; they are killing us," he said.

Clark said that unfortunately, "this sentiment seems to be becoming more and more prevalent."

"Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list 'issues with parents' as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel. Word is spreading, and the more negativity teachers receive from parents, the harder it becomes to recruit the best and the brightest out of colleges."

Clark then provides three things teachers need parents to understand.

"For starters, we are educators, not nannies," he said. "We are educated professionals who work with kids every day and often see your child in a different light than you do. If we give you advice, don't fight it. Take it, and digest it in the same way you would consider advice from a doctor or lawyer. I have become used to some parents who just don't want to hear anything negative about their child, but sometimes if you're willing to take early warning advice to heart, it can help you head off an issue that could become much greater in the future."

Another tip is for parents to "quit with all of the excuses."

"Some parents will make excuses regardless of the situation, and they are raising children who will grow into adults who turn toward excuses and do not create a strong work ethic," Clark said. "If you don't want your child to end up 25 and jobless, sitting on your couch eating potato chips, then stop making excuses for why they aren't succeeding. Instead, focus on finding solutions."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor 

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