With four children and a few years of schooling under my belt, I have spent the equivalent of a full 24 hours in parent-teacher interviews.
That’s a full day without sleep listening to people tell me about my kids in 5 to 10 minute increments while someone else huffs nearby because everyone is running late.
And as I pressed ‘book time’ on my next round of interviews as we reach the middle of the school year, I found myself thinking: But whyyyyyyyyy?!?
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Don’t get me wrong, I adore my kids’ teachers and am totally appreciative of all the hard work they put into preparing for parent-teacher days. But that’s exactly the point.
WHY are we demanding more of these already under-resourced and underpaid superhumans whose job is to teach my kids?
Teach them. I trust you to do your job.
I don’t need teachers doing excess paperwork outside of school hours so they can have just the right art folio at just the right time to display my kids’ work just as the five minute timer counts down.
I don’t need to create an excess workload for teachers when I would rather they spend their time, you know, teaching.