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Headmaster Sends Out A Savage Letter To Parents Always Telling His Staff How To Teach
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Headmaster Sends Out A Savage Letter To Parents Always Telling His Staff How To Teach

The pandemic has completely transformed our everyday lives. But the problem of where and how children are getting their education has become a particularly hot topic, as they can and do get infected and transmit the coronavirus to others.

Should we shut down schools? Should we reopen them? Should teachers with underlying health conditions return to schools? What are the prevention and control measures to be put in place in schools? These and other similar questions have been bugging politicians, parents, and pretty much everyone else involved in teaching since the beginning of the outbreak.

Caught in the middle of the argument are the teachers. They keep adapting to new regulations, delivering both on-site learning to some children as well as lessons to others.

And while there’s certainly a time and place to discuss these processes, one headmaster from London, United Kingdom, has had enough of parents contacting his school only to complain that the teaching staff is doing badly. Here’s the letter he sent them.

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In the US, similar debates have also been raging with teachers at the center of the talk — whether vilified for challenging it or praised for trying to make it work.

Conducting more than a dozen interviews with educators, Natasha Singer wrote in The New York Times that teacher burnout could erode instructional quality, stymie working parents and hinder the reopening of the economy. “[They] described the immense challenges, and exhaustion, they have faced trying to provide normal schooling for students in pandemic conditions that are anything but normal. Some recounted whiplash experiences of having their schools abruptly open and close, sometimes more than once, because of virus risks or quarantine-driven staff shortages, requiring them to repeatedly switch back and forth between in-person and online teaching,” the text said.

And it’s not just the disease to be feared. Teacher Jeffrey Boakye said they’ve all seen the past year how kids’ exam results, and thus their futures, can hang in the balance of government algorithms. Or how social inequalities can so easily lead to material deprivation and financial instability. “A generation of young people are staring down the barrel of an exam system that Covid has shown to be precarious,” Boakye explained. “When students have put their faith in your promises as a teacher, you start to wonder if you’re part of the problem or the solution.”

One thing is clear, though. Mindless criticism doesn’t make things better. And thank you, headmaster, for reminding us all about it.

And they loved the way the headmaster stood up for his staff

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Marc
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1 year ago

This is the same type of parent you find on the sidelines of sporting events. They also always know everything better than the coach. Probably their own boredom plays into it, after many parents are locked up at home themselves. Now humans are just humans, and they can't get out of their skin. Nagging, grumbling, criticizing - it's in their blood. Preferably when it is directed against others. However, there is also a fine line between interest and concern, and disrespectful behavior and presumption.

Phoenix
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1 year ago (edited)

I know the sport parent well. I had a soccer match and someone’s parent literally walked on to the middle of the field because they couldn’t believe their kid had touched the ball with their hand.

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Martin Kaine
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1 year ago (edited)

What many parents fail to understand, or at least synthesize/generalize, is that education is a process. Students pick up skills and concepts over time, sometimes half and hour, and sometimes half a year, depending on the subject and/or the child. Seeing a lesson and understanding its full intent are two very different things. I'm glad those parents have an interest in their child's education. But watching teaching is like watching baseball: it seems easy enough to do, until you hear that first pitch go by as you stand at the plate.

Jessica Bertram
Community Member
1 year ago

THIS.

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El Dee
Community Member
1 year ago

A beautifully sugar coated burn. To complain about this you have to first admit you are the one he is talking about and then admit you are not an expert. The perfect insult lol!

Bumble
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1 year ago

As a teacher, I continuously get the 'You're a teacher, why are you tired? You work 6 hours a day and get 12 weeks holiday a year." When I first started, I used to bite back about actually starting at 7 and finishing at 6 and working weekends and half-terms- all unpaid overtime- but I would get scoffed at. Now I just say "Yeah, it's great isn't it? I am so lucky. You should re-train yourself!"

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Marc
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the same type of parent you find on the sidelines of sporting events. They also always know everything better than the coach. Probably their own boredom plays into it, after many parents are locked up at home themselves. Now humans are just humans, and they can't get out of their skin. Nagging, grumbling, criticizing - it's in their blood. Preferably when it is directed against others. However, there is also a fine line between interest and concern, and disrespectful behavior and presumption.

Phoenix
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I know the sport parent well. I had a soccer match and someone’s parent literally walked on to the middle of the field because they couldn’t believe their kid had touched the ball with their hand.

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Martin Kaine
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

What many parents fail to understand, or at least synthesize/generalize, is that education is a process. Students pick up skills and concepts over time, sometimes half and hour, and sometimes half a year, depending on the subject and/or the child. Seeing a lesson and understanding its full intent are two very different things. I'm glad those parents have an interest in their child's education. But watching teaching is like watching baseball: it seems easy enough to do, until you hear that first pitch go by as you stand at the plate.

Jessica Bertram
Community Member
1 year ago

THIS.

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El Dee
Community Member
1 year ago

A beautifully sugar coated burn. To complain about this you have to first admit you are the one he is talking about and then admit you are not an expert. The perfect insult lol!

Bumble
Community Member
1 year ago

As a teacher, I continuously get the 'You're a teacher, why are you tired? You work 6 hours a day and get 12 weeks holiday a year." When I first started, I used to bite back about actually starting at 7 and finishing at 6 and working weekends and half-terms- all unpaid overtime- but I would get scoffed at. Now I just say "Yeah, it's great isn't it? I am so lucky. You should re-train yourself!"

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