Seriously, y’all. Do not be these parents. It might be your knee-jerk response to assume that teachers are there to help raise your kids – and certainly, they have a hand in it – but look, they’re your kids. Don’t expect teachers to go above and beyond in any area except your child’s education, okay?
Just…don’t do it.
Maybe have a friend or spouse read any emails you’re planning to send Junior’s teacher. Just in case.
“I had a mother that asked me to call her ex-husband on a daily basis just to find out what he was up to.” K.E.
11. Some people are just jerks
“After a struggling student of mine stood me up for three study sessions, his father called and asked to schedule a conference. When I arrived at the conference, the dad stood there in his business suit, glared and told me he owned a $30 million company, his son would succeed in school, and that I would change the grade to 100 percent regardless of his previous scores.” -N.C.
10. Umm, that’s YOUR job, Mom
“One parent called me because she was concerned about the hours her daughter was playing video games at home. She wanted me to talk to her about how she should be working on her homework at home and not sitting in front of a screen.” – A.J.
9. When you don’t even feel bad calling someone a “special snowflake”
“A mother called to let me know that she had to take her daughter out of school for a week because she was going on a trip. She wanted her sixth grade daughter to be able to write a paper about the trip instead of do the work that would be assigned in class. When I told her that she had to follow our district’s curricular standards and complete the work that she missed, she threatened to sue me because I wasn’t making necessary adaptations for her daughter.” -Anon
8. Sure. The whole busload of other kids will just wait.
“We were going on a full-day field trip and one of my students came to school without a lunch. I called her mom to see if she could bring something to the school before we left. Her response? She asked me if I could just drive through and pick her up some sushi on the way to the farm.” -L.B.
7. What’s with all the books and stuff?
“I teach high school English. And to be clear, reading is an essential part of any high school English class. It’s often the only homework I assign, and often our classroom discussions and work are based on the assigned reading. But that didn’t stop one mother from scheduling a conference to ask if her daughter could skip the reading because she had signed up for too many after-school activities and she didn’t have time to read.” – L.P.
6. Because obviously you’ve got nothing better to do…
“I got a note from a mom telling me that her son had a sore throat. She asked if I could make him hot tea throughout the day. She sent in a fist full of tea bags in his bag. At the bottom of the note she told me that if I had any honey laying around, I should add that to the hot tea to soothe his throat more.” -M.B.
5. They’re called consequences
“I caught a student cheating on a test. His dad called that night and explained to me that it would be unfair for me to take points off of his grade for cheating because that would lower his grade.” -K.H.
4. Yeah, we’ll see
“A parent emailed and asked me to send her a text message every day with her son’s homework assignment (he’s in ninth grade) because he had a hard time keeping track of his assignments. In the same email, she also requested that her ‘very gifted’ son never work with a partner or in groups because he child was going to college and she wasn’t so sure about the other students.” -R.H.
3. The kid would be mortified if she knew…
“A mom asked me last week if I would remind her daughter, a second grader, to wipe front to back really well each time she goes to the bathroom during the day.” -S.H.
2. So sorry for your inconvenience!
“A mom called me one time and asked why I hadn’t taught her kindergarten child how to get dressed. Because if I had taught him right, she said, he wouldn’t need so much of her help getting ready in the morning.” -P.F.
1. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse
“A parent called and asked if I would order a teacher’s edition of our math book for her. She was unable to order it from the publisher because she wasn’t a teacher. The best part? She calmly suggested that I order it with my credit card and she would pay me back.” V.S.
h/t: We Are Teachers