I think many people now, take the side of the child. It's hard for them to imagine their son or daughter doing anything wrong, and they'll defend their child until the end.
While this in fact at times is necessary, I'm from an "old school" frame of mind that says listen to the teacher. Nine out of ten times, they're going to be right.
Sure, there are exceptions to the rule and sure, there are some inept teachers or wrongful situations where the child is misunderstood, but for the most part, that's not usually the case.
My undergraduate work was in education and I was able to see this firsthand. It never ceased to amaze me that the kids who caused the most trouble, usually had the parents who came in right after them, screaming at the school. NOT the kids, but the school.
We got a note from a teacher yesterday and the first thing we did was question our child, getting his side of the story to be clear. We then had him write an apology letter to his teacher, saying it wouldn't happen again.
We'll keep tabs with the school, knowing our son's best interest is in mind...even though that's hard for him to understand at his age.
It's a tough gig raising kids. Sometimes the easiest thing to do, doesn't always mean it's right. It's hard to discipline and it's definitely not a lot of fun to do.
Hopefully, at the end of the day, it will all be worth it though. One school year (and teacher's note) at a time.
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