A teacher has many rights that aren't in her contract, but the child--and his parents--may need reminders.
A teacher has the right to:
* Respect, without mockery or practical jokes.
* Appreciation for trying--even when the efforts fail.
* A smile from every student every morning, and many more throughout the day.
* Students who arrive on time, every blessed day.
* Children who are clean at the start of the day, whose clothes are clean; whose hair and teeth are brushed and who wear a deodorant if they've reached puberty.
* Children who are fed well enough to concentrate on their work instead of their stomachs.
* Children who get enough exercise after school so they won't be quite so antsy in the classroom.
* Children who sleep at least 10 hours a night in the first and second grades and at least 8 hours in junior high and high school.
* Homework turned in when it's due, reasonably neat and legible and as accurate as it can be without a parent doing any part of it.
* Students who have the supplies they need, so the class isn't distracted by the borrowing.
* Children who clean up the mess they make without too much complaint.
* Fairly good classroom behavior and a principal to help when it's not.
* At least one time during each subject, each day, when everyone is listening.
* Students who aren't under the influence of drugs or alcohol and to report them if they are.
Teachers have the right to expect parents to:
* Encourage the child to think positively about school, the curriculum and the teacher.
* Be half as realistic about the abilities of their children as they are about the abilities of their neighbors' children.
* Monitor television so their children can see just enough trash to take part in the conversations at school and not enough to interfere with their homework or give them bad dreams.
* Let them give their side of a disagreement with the child, before it's taken to the principal.
* Make an appointment to observe in the classroom or discuss a problem, no matter how good the parent-teacher relationship.
* Know that the office can always reach the parents and, in the case of shared custody, to know when which parent is in charge.
* Attend parent-teacher conferences regularly and at least some PTA meetings.
* Contribute to the school, whether it's public or private, in some way during the year and to offer this help before it is asked, so special skills can be discovered and used.
* Tell them if the child is under stress at home, so they can take this into consideration at school.
* Accept the goodwill--and one hopes, the advice--if they think psychological, physical or mental tests are needed.
* Realize that when a child needs counseling, the parents almost surely need it too.
Teachers also have the right to:
* A class size they can manage.
* Adequate supplies, but not enough to encourage waste.
* A half-hour for lunch, without supervising children or any other duties.
* As much safety at school as they have in their own homes.
* So much respect from colleagues there is no objection to the way individual classrooms are set up, or repeating of classroom gossip.
* A principal who is aware of their strengths and helps strengthen their weaknesses.
* A central administration--and a school board--that remembers children are their reason for being, and always puts their needs first.