How do you handle it when your kids insist a teacher is stupid?
This semester, both of my high schoolers have the same teacher and they both spend at least an hour after school telling me about her stupidity. Ugh, I hate stupidity!
Apparentely, the teacher comes unprepared to teach material, doesn’t know the answers to the kids’ questions and tells her AP students she’s going to call their mommies if they talk in class. I’m feeling a little frustrated because I usually like to defend teachers. (I have a few in the family) However, I’m starting to feel this woman is hopeless.
In high school, having a stupid teacher is dangerous. Grades are so important that a teacher who doesn’t get the material across well to her students can cause them to do poorly in the class, which would bring down their GPAs. On the first big test, 90 percent of the students failed. To me, that’s a sign of a very bad teacher.
Meanwhile, my kids’ friends who have a different teacher for the same subject are scoring much higher on the tests. Even worse, today my kids announced to me that their teacher doesn’t believe in reviewing for the mid-term.
As parent, I feel like I have three options. One, do nothing. Two, reach out to the teacher and let her know I’m concerned. Three, go above the teacher and reach out to administration.
Until now, I’ve taken the first option. I’ve been telling my kids to speak up in class, ask more questions, take better notes and try to get the class notes from the other teacher’s students. Not all teachers are great teachers, just like not all bosses are great bosses and I think kids have to learn that lesson.
But I’m concerned. I think I’m going to send an e-mail and urge the teacher to do a review. I have heard teachers say that the best first step is to talk to the teacher directly. I also have seen advice suggesting if you go in to a teacher with a problem try to mutually find a solution.
Parents, in your experience, does a teacher consider making changes if parents complain? What approach have you taken to address a someone’s poor teaching ability?