When a parent drops their child off at school, whether it’s for the first time or the hundredth time, there is a silent exchange that is made between a teacher and a parent that says, “Together, we will make sure this child will succeed.” However, more often than not, this silent exchange is only made in the teacher’s mind. Please understand, I am not saying that all parents do not make this silent exchange, but it is becoming more and more of a one way exchange.
Something I have heard many times as a teacher is, “School is a free babysitter.” This statement is not only disrespectful to the teaching profession, it does not support teachers in the hard job they do. Teachers work diligently to make sure all of their students are supported and encouraged. In truth, teachers spend more time throughout the school year with their students than they do with their own family. Teachers make sacrifices everyday to ensure their students have what they need. To think that all we teachers do is babysit students is outright disrespectful to what we do.
Education is a partnership. A child will not succeed unless they are supported, encouraged, and held accountable on both fronts. Parents and teachers should be of the same mind when it comes to the learning and education of their child. Teachers have spent tons of money and countless amounts of hours preparing to become a certified teacher. Teachers do not go into the profession because they need something to do. Teachers go into the profession because they want to make a difference. They know the value of each students’ life and want to help students become great. Teachers work to make their students better. All we ask in return is for a partnership to do the same.
Parents, trust that your child’s teacher knows what they are doing. Trust that teachers are not there to just earn a paycheck. Trust that teachers love your child and want nothing more for them than to succeed. Teachers are not perfect and make mistakes on a daily basis. However, we strive to do our best, work hard, and learn from our mistakes.
Parents, we need you. We need you to partner with us in the most crucial times in your child’s life. We need you to support us in what we do. We need you to understand the time and sacrifices we make to ensure that your child is taken care of in the classroom. We need you to come alongside us, support us, and most importantly, partner with us to provide your child with the best education they can get. If you feel there is something wrong, or you have a problem with your child’s teacher, seek them out. Do not talk poorly behind their back. This not only hinders the teacher, it demonstrates to your child that it is okay to disrespect their teacher, and most importantly, it undermines their ability to teach. The goal is to have a strong partnership for the success of your child.
When there is no partnership in education, students are the ones who suffer and are not provided the education they deserve. Parents, whether you think so or not, you play a VITAL role in the learning and education of your child. Partner with your child’s teacher and show your child that you respect what they do. Encourage them to succeed, walk with them through the hard times, let them learn from their mistakes and failures, and hold them accountable. This is what we do as teachers, and all we ask is that you do the same.