E.T.(elementary teacher) Phone Home

The belief that parents need to be involved all the time with their child’s education is a false belief fomented by well-meaning people who believe strongly but wrongly that words speak louder than actions. It is an excellent example of how, if I may paraphrase, it takes a village to raise an idiot and a probably ill-behaved idiot at that. The modern educational mantra that dictates teachers must call home and inform parents of every problem that occurs in their classroom is a fairly accurate imitation of the old, “wait till your father gets home” discipline model. Under that model the mother and the teacher become mere clerks reporting discipline problems to a higher authority and at the same time reducing their own authority.  Teachers must manage problems not report them if they are to be successful in today’s teaching environment.  In an educational world where even the simplest discipline methods such as no recess, staying after school, isolation are often no longer allowed, teachers are left with the power of their personality to control and manage their classroom.  When the teacher abrogates much of their authority to someone else either because of fear or school rules the natural progression is an out of control classroom and reduced learning not only for those students who are out of control but for those who truly want to learn as well.

©2011  Richard Safris


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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