Over the next few days, I will reveal problems which live in our educational system. Those situations represent all four points of view found in “RESCUE THE TEACHER, SAVE THE CHILD!”: students, parents, teachers and administrators.
Problem #8: Take a look at the link below and watch parents brawling at their 7 year olds’ baseball game. This happened less than an hour from my home. Whereas parents may not physically attack teachers, their caustic verbal attacks leave the same scars.
Four parents contributed to my demise. Their complaints: my daughter did not make the audition to perform in the talent show; my daughter believes the teacher is biased in appointing soloists; the teacher won’t excuse my daughter from a required attendance concert; the teacher passed a bucket for a student in need. Does this not reflect the “my kid must win at all costs”? And so goes the daily plight of teachers.
Yesterday I wrote to a nationally syndicated television show and pitched an idea of dedicating a program to the demise of our nation’s teachers. Within 30 seconds (this is not an exaggeration), the platform emailed back they were not interested in this kind of a story. And there lies the issue: teachers are leaving in greater numbers than ever before due to a hostile work place but it’s not a story worth investigating.
Could we change the attitudes of parents? Are administrators the frontline in protecting their staff? Could entitled, unhinged parents be the primary reason teachers are leaving? Great questions! Enjoy a summer read which addresses these situations and provides solutions. Rescue the Teacher, Save the Child! is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.