Parent’s Night

Most years I dread Parent’s Night.  Teachers sit for hours on end visiting the few parents who care enough to schow up, unless, of course, you teach in the suburbs.  This year I knew what to expect because last year I was busy.  At my school, our kids want their parents to show up for parent’s night.  For many of them, this is the first time in a long time their teachers have anything good to say about them.  On parent’s night, no matter how frustrated I may be, no matter how exhausted, I am reminded that our program works.

After being told that their kids were on Honor Roll, parents cried.  When we announced the new appointments to Student Government*, the students cried.  I got a lot of hugs, and a lot of the parents made sure to thank us for what we do for their kids.  Half of our parents showed up.  In a city where half of the kids drop out and schools can go years without seeing their parents, that is amazing.  We have a program that works, teachers who care, and parents who show up.  And I have to quit my job because I don’t get enough health care.

*teachers appoint government members, students don’t vote.


3 Responses to “Parent’s Night”

  1. November 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I’m really glad that schools like yours exist. “Traditional” education fails SO many kids in this country who, for whatever reasons, do not learn effectively in that setting. It’s not fair to punish them. I’m glad to hear your parents are involved too.

  2. 2 unitedwelay1
    November 11, 2008 at 10:00 am

    We started out with discipline problems, but as the word got out about our school, we have become a safe haven for kids who have been bullied, kids with illnesses like MS, and kids with serious problems at home. I wish I could have gone to a school like this. I was tortured in high school. Now, if we could just earn a decent living…

  3. November 14, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Yeah, It’s a travesty that teachers are paid so poorly. I just don’t understand that concept. It goes hand in hand with the use of local property taxes to fund schools – guaranteeing that the richest areas will get the best facilities and be able to pay their teachers more. What they should do is pool the property tax money and redistributed it equally based on the number and need of the students. I guess that makes me a “spread the wealth” socialist, huh?

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