Guest post by Paula Hicks, blogger and editor
In this day and age, being a teacher is one of the most challenging and stressful professions. Not only do they have to deal with the increasingly demanding curriculum and getting through to the students which are too preoccupied by social media, but they also have to deal with their parents who sometimes have unrealistic expectations.
Of course, it is only natural for every parents to think their child is God’s gift, but the fact of the matter is that reality is always different. Teachers see more than parents do, because they get a front row seat, and they know how education really works. This is why we have put together a list of five things teachers wish they could tell parents, but can’t for one reason or another.
- Kids Don’t Always Tell the Truth
Even though most parents trust their children 100%, children are more than capable of lying, especially if they are doing it to protect themselves after they’re done something they shouldn’t have been doing, or when they are exaggerating a certain event. As a result, a lot of parents will demand to see the child’s teacher and accuse them of not stopping other students from breaking their child’s belongings, when it reality, it was the kid that did it and lied, because he or she was too afraid of getting in trouble.
This brings us to another issue. Parents should let their children make mistakes from time to time, so they won’t be tempted to lie in case they’ve done something wrong.
- Homework Is Useless
It’s not exactly a secret that homework is universally despised by all kids, even those which are top students. But, what most parents don’t know is that teachers hate it just as much. Not only does it take away precious time which could have been spent teaching the children, but there is also no significant correlation between one’s academic performance and doing homework.
The reason why teachers are still giving homework to student is because they are required to do so by their respective school districts. They will also agree that students stand to benefit a lot more from developing social skills through interaction with their peers, instead of spending night after night slaving over math problems. It’s about studying smart, not hard.
- Elementary School Grades Will Not Ruin Your Child’s Future
One of the things parents are guilty of is putting too much pressure on their children when it comes to academic performance, whether because of their own misguided ambitions, or because they fear that poor grades will jeopardize their child’s chances of going to a good college. The truth is, the admissions board of every college is so swamped with applications every year, they are not going to bother with your child’s math test from the third grade.
Even if they would have the time to do that, it would be pointless, because their test results in high school surely demonstrate that they have a good grasp on the subject matter, so there is no need for any further checks.
- Your Kids Behave Differently at School than at Home
Even though your child may act like an angel around the house, they will sometimes act totally differently while they are at school. This doesn’t mean that they are bad kids, just that they are more inclined to doing all sorts of shenanigans when encouraged by their classmates. If that happens, you don’t need to react dramatically. They need to make mistakes so they can learn to tell right from wrong. Plus, it’s a lot better for them to make mistakes while they are young, before they reach their teenage years or adulthood.
- We Don’t Spend as Much Time Teaching as We Would Like
When a parents says that teachers don’t spend enough time teaching their kids, all teachers will agree. It’s not because they don’t want to. They do, because that’s the reason why they became teachers in the first place. There is nothing more rewarding than spending time with young minds and witnessing as they connect the dots and soak up the knowledge.
But, a lot of times, teachers will be stuck doing administrative work. Even worse, they will lose precious hours every week attending boring and pointless meetings which don’t really lead anywhere. They would much rather spend their time in class, but it’s simply not possible. And once you add to that the time they spend at PTA meetings, there is not much time left for the children.
Now that you know what teachers have to deal with on daily basis, cut them some slack, or better yet, help them by becoming more involved in your child’s education. They want to help and see your children grow up and succeed almost as much as you do!