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