If Teachers Could Speak Freely

They’d tell parents to start being parents!  And other things.

This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.  I screamed, “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.”

But of course teachers can’t speak freely.  They have to coddle parents and school boards and whiners of all sorts who mistakenly think that being a teacher means being the doormat of the incompetent folk who never should have had children in the first place.

The piece continues

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.  So, what can we do to stem the tide? What do teachers really need parents to understand?  For starters, we are educators, not nannies.

Say, 4 years or less is about what the average Seminary Grad stays in the Pastorate!  I guess dealing with lots of Church folk as a pastor is just like dealing with the parents of school kids.

Read the whole piece and pass it on to a teacher that you know.

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