Having received multiple notes from area school districts about the scheduling of parent/teacher conferences in recent days, I am wondering if kids today dread the fallout from those parent/teacher meetings as much as some of us did back in the day.
The parent/teacher conferences back when we were growing up was the meeting during which parents learned how many fibs we’d told about timely completion of homework assignments, or how often our mouths had gotten us in trouble at school.
Back then, falling asleep in class was viewed far more favorably than speaking when you weren’t supposed to speak.
And it didn’t take a lot to receive a ruler strike or two on the hands, or to be told to take that long walk to the principles’ office.
The grade I hated most was the “conduct” score that was included on our report cards.
I’ve never viewed myself as incorrigible or disruptive.
I was just a little high-spirited, but I’m pretty sure some of my teachers did not come to that
I was told recently by a teacher in an area school district that fewer than half of the parents in her students’ class showed up for scheduled parent teacher conferences.
That’s a real shame if you are among the belief that parents of today’s students are responsible for helping to dictate what the future holds for society.
That’s the way I see it.