Teacher Tips how to Deal with Meddlesome Parents


Teachers should never think of parents as meddlesome parents, because parents have every right to be involved in their child’s education. The more you see a parent the better it should be for you and the child.

Parents who are involved in their child’s education care about their children and want the very best for their children.

You as a teacher are only taking the place of the parent while the child is in school. Previous to public schools, parents were responsible for educating their own children. Today we have public schools, but that doesn’t mean that you as the teacher have authority over the parent and you only have authority over the child as long as the parent allows that authority.

Parents can take their children out of the public school and put them in private schools or home schools. In later years, if a child is interested in college, the parents can take their children out of school and send them to college. Parents can do this because they are responsible for and have authority over their child’s education.

Although we have public schools and public school teachers, the parents are still responsible for and must be involved in their child’s education.

Many parents being responsible for the education of their child do take them out of the public school system and send them to college. Many colleges accept bright students who have not graduated from high school. There are special early colleges such as Simon’s Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Here you can leave high school in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and begin your college education as a matriculating college student.

I have also met non-matriculating students who left high school and began taking college courses. So you can even pursue college classes if you are 15 or 16 as a non-matriculating college student. Non-matriculating means that you have signed up for one or two courses at a college but you have not yet applied to the college nor have you been accepted.

In most cases teachers welcome the parent realizing the parent cares about their child and is sincerely interested in the progress of their child. If you truly feel that a parent is meddlesome in a negative way, it is time for a teacher/parent conference to air the problems you or the parent may have regarding the education of their child.

Most parents today who are either high school or college graduates are well equipped to teach their own children. But parents have to work and only have a few hours in the evening to spend with their child’s learning. This makes the public school very handy, if it is doing the right job and teaching their children what they should be learning.

Sometimes there are problems and the parent needs to be there to help with their child’s problems and make sure the child is getting the right attention in school. Schools today are overcrowded and seem more like an activity center than school.

The primary purpose of school is learning. Teachers may consider their teaching as just a job. Students might think it is a great place to socialize and meet with friends. But school is really a place for learning and the parent should always be involved in the child’s learning.

In conclusion don’t view parents as meddlesome parents, but allow parents the full opportunity to be involved in their children’s education.