Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Musings: Parents, Teachers and Authority

by Samantha on December 3, 2012


Welcome to Monday Musings here at the Multiple Mayhem Mamma blog.

Each Monday, I create a vlog (video log) where I discuss a topic of interest related to parenting and welcome your feedback and thoughts.Today, the topic of discussion revolves around parents, teachers and authority.

We’ve all been in situations where we’ve both agreed and disagreed with our child’s teacher. Perhaps it was the method of teaching with which we were not thrilled. Maybe it was the fact that our child was unhappy or even fearful attending a particular class at school. It could even have been a personality clash between the teacher and the student.

As parents, we have the opportunity to meet with our kids’ teachers during school open houses and parent-teacher interviews. Depending on a number of factors, including our culture, background and personality, we may or may not defer to the teacher’s authority. When they tell us that our child is doing well, of course things are fine and dandy. It’s when they tell us things that we don’t want to hear that the situation becomes interesting.

Our decision on how to deal with a disagreement with our child’s teacher says a lot about the ingrained feelings that we have about both authority and teachers, as well as ourselves.

So the questions today are: do you defer to your child’s teacher’s authority, or do you challenge it? Would you go over the teacher’s head to get what you wanted done as it relates to your child? Why or why not? Answer in the comments below.

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