Mom, Dad, You Need to Take a Chill Pill

So Instafam…I’m trying to figure out if it’s worse to be a helicopter parent who is so involved in a student’s life, that he or she is sending threatening letters to guidance counselors, teachers and principals? Or the kind of parent who screams at school employees when their child only spits on a staff member and was suspended?

Honestly, it’s a tough call at this point. Who would have ever thought parental abuse had a “worse” or “worser” connotation?

Take the situation at Sidwell Friends. Yes, the same school Chelsea Clinton, the Obama girls, Tricia Nixon and Archibald Roosevelt attended. Of course you can’t expect anything less than a perfect education for a Presidential offspring but it’s supposed to be a Quaker school for pete’s sake! Aren’t Quaker values about simplicity, group meetings and community, peace and unity? So why the heck are parents acting a fool, terrorizing college counselors, sabotaging students who are academic threats to their student and unlawfully recording conversations in the name of an Ivy League destination for their child?

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/06/sidwell-friends-college-admissions-varsity-blues/591124/

The dysfunction that’s overtaking parents of the 21st century is out of control. Parents are paying for high SAT scores (illegally), and pretending to not understand what they did wrong. Calling from blocked numbers and bots to harass school counselors when they don’t get what they want, showing up without appointments to threaten school staff with lawsuits and essentially crying on social media outlets when they don’t get what they want. Who ARE YOU?? When I was applying to college, parents understood that for the most part, acceptance to prestigious universities hinged on hard work and decent test scores. If you didn’t get into your top choice, you went for your second choice. It was that simple.

As a society we have allowed parents way too much autonomy in the school house. Parents have no right to barge into school, making demands unless something egregious has happened. If your child is not performing at 100%, they won’t be accepted into a college which requires 100%. Are we clear?Would you like a teacher to show up at your job, screaming and yelling about how disrespectful your child has been today? No? I though so. Schools need to stop allowing parents to control everything and allow educators to educate properly. What’s your view on the topic? Comment below or hit me up on IG! Need a laugh, check out the video!

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8 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for this rant! As a teacher who taught in the public school system for 2 years, I struggled with parents coming in and demanding why their child isn’t doing better.
    There is hope though because I also had parents who came in and supported me by asking what they could do to help and thanked me for my efforts.
    Keep spreading the word 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, although I hope you’re still teaching! So many are lost within the first three years for lack of support.

  2. Wow! This is really interesting. It’s nice to see someone take a stand on the recent changes in the education system. Some people get too much favoritism which comes in the way of students who rightfully deserve it.

    1. There’s been more light shed on the subject in recent news, but there is no way to control reckless people if schools are not given the support.

    1. Agreed. Not all but there are so many parents out there who want to put the responsibility on the people who did not raise their children!

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