Hey I hear ya on this one! I had a parent who was quite upset at parent
conferences this year that I made such a big deal of her coming to conferences
when her kid was doing just fine ( and he really wasn't doing that fine). As we
sat at the conference ( we have student led conferences, so I see all the parents
of my Prime Time group( kinda like homeroom) I tried to stress the importance of
parent involvement in school. She felt that I inconvenienced the family by making
her come to get the report card and conference. DUH! she just didn't get it. She
only had to come to the school ONCE this year and made a big deal about it in
front of her kid.
But I think we have to look at the bigger picture. While the parents are at work
and the kid is unsupervised what are they doing? We all know what is on the tube
these days. TV is filled with sarcasm and attitudes. And this is what our dear
students bring to school with them everyday. Parents can be part of the problem,
but there is a whole lot more out there affecting our students.