Parents want Teachers to do Parenting?
Care provider. Call centre operator. Kitchen hand. Negotiator. Detective. Judge. Medic. Counsellor. Social worker. Psychologist. Personal trainer. Caretaker. Cleaner. Don’t get me started on the numerous things that teachers have to do each and every day.
That’s even before they have to teach a class full of students some Maths, English, Science, Technology, Music, Art, Dance, Drama, Social Science, and Languages.
Now you want us to raise your child with additional life skills as well?
Why? Because you can’t?
But wait. You taught your child (hopefully) how to talk. How to express emotion. How to crawl. How to walk. How to get what they want.
Parents are the first teachers. Teacher’s merely top up the knowledge of a range of subject matter that they specialise in, or allow them to investigate and find out for themselves.
As I worked out in my second year of teaching; Students only spend 13.7% of the year at school. That means 86.3% of their time each year is not at school.
Some things schools should be teaching. Like Mathematics. Like Writing. Like Science. Curriculum based learning. Some things, like Thinking, Learning to Learn, Researching, will also be skills that are taught and / or learned at school.
Ideally, things like behaviour, manners, social skills, religion, musical instruments, swimming, even sex education, should be covered by parents at home. That’s my own opinion, as a teacher. I’m not a parent though, so my experience in this is limited.
Stop trying to pass off your responsibility as a parent onto others. You brought the life into this world, and you have wisdom, skills, and experience to pass onto your own offspring. Don’t leave it up to others, and don’t offload this responsibility onto teachers. We already have enough to do, and enough input into your child’s life. Share the load a bit.
You’re the parent.
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