A list of the things both teachers and parents want you to know.
I WANT TO TELL MY
“No, you cannot turn in your kid’s homework after
school. The student must turn it in
to your kids every day is one of the most important jobs you have.”
“Your child is not gifted, even though they may spell their
name correctly the first day of school.
Also, if you choose to spell your child’s name other than phonetically,
don’t get mad at me for misspelling it the first day. If your kid is named ‘Thom,’ I’m going to
spell it ‘Tom.’”
“Yes, your kid really IS going to fail this class; I
understand that it’s going to hurt his GPA.
Instead of giving him a pass, let him learn from this.”
“Your child is not the center of our universe, and there are
other children that we have to tend to.”
“Take some involvement in your children and invest in them,
and treat them like a student. Help them
with their homework and acknowledge that they are a student, instead of just
letting them play videogames when they get home.”
“I am not daycare.
Please do not send your children to me when they are sick.”
“If your student is blurting out, it doesn’t mean he knows
all the answers.”
“If your kid has a speech problem, get it fixed. It makes your kid look dumb and you look
lazy. Speech problems CAN be fixed.”
“Mom, don’t dress your kid like that because it makes her
look like a tramp.”
“Your child is not failing because I hate them, they’re
failing because they’re not doing well.”
I WANT TO TELL MY
“Teachers need to stop diagnosing kids, as they are NOT
doctors and they diagnose them wrong.
They are not qualified to diagnose autism or ADHD; maybe the kids are
“Quit sending home busywork.
‘Word finds’ do not teach my child a thing. And stop sending homework that the child wasn’t
shown how to do.”
“I am not the teacher, and please stop sending home hours of
homework that the parents don’t have the time or knowledge to do.”
“The reason we send the kids to school sick is because the
school systems don’t give us enough days for the children to be absent from
“It’s okay for kids to lose.
There are winners and losers in life, and not everybody needs a ribbon
after Track and Field day.”