"On the whole, as a teacher out of the classroom 8 years, I found that parents backed up their children against the teacher in regards to behaviors. Over thirty years of teaching, these actions by the parents had increased each year. My reply was: "I woke up this morning and said I will lie to Mrs. X about her son." Mrs. X did not think that correct, but unless there was black and white evidence, it was the teacher's fault. Children mimic their parents. There are so many parents that have a view that it is not "their" fault for their children not performing well..that the children have this same attitude. It is not "their" fault. There is a lack of personal responsibility rampant in this nation, including taking taking responsibility for learning. I know that to generalize irks those that take responsibility. I do not include them in my thinking. Learning takes responsibility. Bullying takes responsibility. How do we put RESPONSIBILITY for one's actions back in the equation?
NOTE: I don't like the blame game, but am looking at all aspects of this problem and therefore I am sharing a former teacher's opinion, someone I respect as a very caring and dedicated educator. I have heard this argument many times before. Do most parents feel this is true? How do we change this and get such parents to take responsibility and support the schools?