School is a 24/7 Job

Normally I don’t repost somebody else’s blog post in its entirety, but in this case

Mrs. Smith bitched to the Principal that little Alfie’s teachers never called when little Alfie wasn’t doing well in their classes.  She didn’t know how she could help little Alfie if she didn’t know what was going on.  The Principal, in the nicest tone ever, spoke to the teachers about how they needed parental support.   He said, “If we don’t contact them and give them the opportunity to intervene then we can’t say they aren’t involved.”  He then added that large case loads are a fact of life and teachers need to deal with them.


It is a good thing I am not a teacher in Little Alfie’s school because I would have several things to say about this:


  1. I raised two successful children without phone calls from teachers.  I saw them do homework every day, knew when exams were approaching, made sure they studied and was aware of each and every test grade.  When my children had trouble in chemistry or Spanish, I made sure to intervene and get them the help they needed.  It was my responsibility to know.  I didn’t expect a teacher to call and tell me my son only got a 65 on his Spanish exam.
  2. Not only are teacher case loads large, the amount of free time during the day to do anything extra has decreased to almost zero.  Is this Principal now expecting teachers to work longer hours?  I am sure many are already giving up lunch and prep periods just to stay afloat.  This extra work might earn the Principal and his Cabinet some big bonus dollars but it will do nothing for the teachers.
  3. Even teachers who want to make the calls are often at a loss to find an available, private phone to use.

Mrs. Smith needs to do a better job of parenting.  She needs to be on top of little Alfie to make sure he is on top of his school work.  A teacher with 150 students cannot contact all, or even half of them.  It is an unfair and unreasonable request.

What do you think?

Categories: Teaching & Learning