In an age when just about everything that has gone wrong is blamed on the teacher, when will we begin to hold parents accountable? Even though principals blame teachers for excessive failing grades, teachers cannot teach a student that is not there. Too many students are not only absent weekly, but are frequently brought to school late by their parent. In addition, they are not absent due to illness, but because the parent decided to take a vacation out of the country, or plan some other type activity that is not school-related. When this happens, it leaves teachers with the challenge of trying to provide make up work that is hardly ever returned or grading a ton of make- up work that was submitted just before grades are due.
Please stop blaming all teachers for the shortcomings in the classroom. If parents send a child to school, teachers will teach them. So, if you see a teacher thank them because they are not doing the job for the money because you can never pay enough – they do the job because they really do care. Teachers just need more parents to do their part, so that we can have more success in the classroom.