I’ve said it before (see Not A Good Message Via Comic Strip (Or Any Other Medium)), and I’ll say it again — teachers have got to stop reacting to all the recent teacher-bashing by, in turn, bashing parents.
A recent piece in The Huffington Post titled Dear Davis Guggenheim, Sec. Arne Duncan, et. al falls into that same trap, and I’m hearing it more and more.
Yes, many of our students have challenging family situations, and those challenges make it more difficult for our students to learn. And their test scores are hurt as a result. And, yes, then that gives many so-called school reformers a club they can use to bash us.
But if teachers want to be effective, instead of feeling “right,” we need to emphasize reaching out and connecting with parents, who are our natural allies. In fact, they are probably our most important ones.
Let’s work with him to attack many of the problems that contribute to the challenges many face — lack of affordable housing, community safety, health care.
Let’s not “cut off our nose to spite our face.”