Thursday, December 17, 2009

Things Your Kid's Teacher Won't Tell You

I came upon these two sets of lists, 13 Things Your Child's Teacher Won't Tell You and 20 More Things Your Child's Teacher Won't Tell You.

I agreed with, and enjoyed, the second list more.

Here's one I liked from the first list:
Your child may be the center of your universe, but I have to share mine with 25 others. (Darren's note: if it were only 25 others!)

Here's one from the second:
The truth is simple: Your kid will lie to get out of trouble.

Here's a bonus one from the second:
Parents give their kids the pricey gadgets and labels, but what kids really crave is for you to talk to them. They want to know you are interested in their lives.

It's true. We teachers may discuss these amongst ourselves, but we usually won't tell parents these things.


allen (in Michigan) said...

Maybe what's necessary is a list along the lines of "15 Things Immature Parents Won't Admit to Themselves".

Ellen K said...

One of the things I have more than one student tell me is "You're such a Mom." I take that as a complement. Even the kids that bug me, I worry about. I tell them every Friday that I don't want to see their names in the paper unless they won the lottery or saved someone's life. They laugh, but I mean it. When I talk with kids, I am pretty honest. And I have discussed some serious topics with students. While I don't make a decision for them, I hope that I give them enough ammunition to make a good choice on their own. Some of the questions floor me because it's something that their parents should be covering. But I know from experience that some parents are better than others at covering the bases. It's a thin line, but someone has to start giving a damn about these kids.