Speaking Out about Education- Part 4/6

In thirty years, two parents accepted my invitation and one of those parents, sounding like Marie Meyer in the ABC news segment, started to verbally bad mouth with me in front of my students.

I had to call administration to remove that parent from my classroom.

She thought I was being too hard on her son and on my students by demanding that they stay quiet and pay attention.

When a student started to have a personal conversation and I sent him to the office with a referral, that parent exploded saying her son was right and that I was mean.

In China, self-esteem is not considered a factor. 

Instead, students are often embarrassed by their parents if they do not succeed.

My opinion comes from thirty years in the classroom.  I believe that the problems in America’s public schools belong mostly with the parents and the students.

If the student goes home and says that he or she did all her work at school so there is never any homework and the parent never checks, which most don’t, whose fault is that?

– to be continued

Return to Speaking Out About Education – Part 3


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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