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Teachers Take to Reddit to Discuss How Parents Say the Darndest Things

 Teachers Take to Reddit to Discuss How Parents Say the Darndest Things

For the past week, thousands of teachers across the world took to Reddit to discuss “the most outrageous thing a parent has ever said to you.”

"An ignorant assertion? An unreasonable request? A stunning insult? A startling confession?” the thread creator johnclarklevin asked the users of Reddit, receiving 6,360 comments at the time of this post.

Some of the more popular infuriating parent-teacher interactions included one parent stating “I have clothes older than you,” said poster Chargoggagog and one teacher being told he or she had permission "to punish their child if they were not getting 100’s on everything. This was in elementary school,” said poster Seashellcity.

Other teachers used the thread to vent about frustrations while disagreeing with parents over correct ways to discipline their child and working with “helicopter parents” who are overbearing when it comes to their child’s grades.

And more than just traditional teachers took to the thread to express frustration. A speech pathologist said one parent told her "'my son doesn't stutter he's just shy.’ I was dumbfounded. I have been a speech and language pathologist for a long time and that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever had a parent say to me. I really had to work to have a smooth reply."

Some other humorous posts on the thread according to the Daily Mail:

"'I had a parent once tell me that only copyrighted work can be plagiarized,' an amused teacher said.

'A parent once excused her child's stealing by claiming it was a result of his diabetes,' another said.

"'When I tell people I'm a preschool teacher they said I must have so much patience because of the kids, its really the parents you need patience for,’” one teacher lamented, according to the Daily Mail.

Read the full thread here.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

11/16/2015

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