So, what can we do to stem the tide? What do teachers really need parents to understand?
Ron Clark advices....
We are educated professionals who work with kids every day and often see your child in a different light than you do. If we give you advice, don't fight it. Take it, and digest it in the same way you would consider advice from a doctor or lawyer. I have become used to some parents who just don't want to hear anything negative about their child, but sometimes if you're willing to take early warning advice to heart, it can help you head off an issue that could become much greater in the future.
Please quit with all the excuses
He suggests parents if they really want to help theirr children be successful, stop making excuses for them.
"Some parents will make excuses regardless of the situation, and they are raising children who will grow into adults who turn toward excuses and do not create a strong work ethic. If you don't want your child to end up 25 and jobless, sitting on your couch eating potato chips, then stop making excuses for why they aren't succeeding. Instead, focus on finding solutions."
Read more at http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/06/living/teachers-want-to-tell-parents/index.html