It's hard for me to comment intelligently, because I couldn't really read the article, although Time
did permit me to view a photo essay. (Honestly, I don't think I've every come across a website that was more stingy with its information than that one.)
I agree that there are PIA parents out there, but from what I could see of this article, it was totally slanted against parents.This is a quote from a teacher:
|The parent doesn't know what you're giving and accepts what the child says. Parents are trusting children before they trust us. They have lost faith in teachers
(Yes, some of us have lost faith in some teachers, and for good reasons.)
And this is a quote from a parent:
|You get so angry that you don't care what the school"s perspective is. This is my child. And you did something that negatively impacted my child. I don't want to hear that you have 300 kids.
They quote this guy as a representative of a typical parent? That makes it appear that all parents are a bunch of jerks. And isn't it natural for parents to want to advocate for their children?
Another quote that makes it appear that parents are totally out-of-control:
|I called the parents on a discipline issue with their daughter ... Her father called me a 'total jerk' Then he said, 'Well, do you want to meet someplace and take care of this man to man?'
Come on!!! How many parents are really like that? One in 500?
I respect the hard work that teachers do and I don't think it's OK for parents to insist that their child is a perfect angel, no matter what the teacher says, but as a homeschooling parent, I view this article as of a piece with Time
's former article that's critical of homeschooling--essentially warning America that parents are getting out of control, that they need to be reigned in and given less control over what's happening in schools. Mighty convenient what with the federal government now trying harder than ever to control our schools.
Our school district got a new superintendent this year and her "I'm in control and I don't give a crap about what the parents think" has caused a *huge* parent uproar and I'm proud that the parents in my community are willing to fight what they see is wrong.