Two recent posts by parents at other blogs both made the point that they are tired of having the focus of their conversations on measuring their children by numbers.
In What parents don’t want to hear at parent-teacher conferences, Journo Adviser says:
When my wife and I sat down at our daughter’s 5th grade parent-teacher conference last week, we hoped to get a sense that the teacher understood our daughter and her strengths and weaknesses. But we didn’t.
Instead, the teacher provided us with a litany of numbers and test results the school and the education-testing industry use to define our daughter and her education.
And, in EduSanity: The No Number Parent-Teacher Conference Challenge, Jason Endacott begins this way:
I met with my sons’ teachers yesterday for parent teacher conferences. Both of their teachers are amazing in their own unique ways, but they share a common love for young people that long ago convinced me that my boys were in good hands.
I started with Cooper’s second grade teacher and after exchanging the usual pleasantries, we sat down at the little table where my adult knees didn’t quite fit and I told her I wanted to issue a friendly challenge.
“Let’s discuss Cooper’s progress in your class without using a single number that you did not generate.”
I’m adding both to The Best Resources On Parent/Teacher Conferences.