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A dozen things teachers won’t tell parents (e.g., ‘Kids dish on your secrets all the time’) (

Interviews with teachers by Reader’s Digest yielded a list of more than 30 things that teachers think but would not tell their students’ parents. Here are a dozen of them, and you can find the rest here.

1. Kids dish on your secrets all the time — money, religion, politics, even Dad’s vasectomy.

2. Please, no more mugs, frames, or stuffed animals. A gift card to Starbucks or Staples would be more than enough. A thank-you note: even better.

3. I’m not a marriage counselor. At parent-teacher conferences, let’s stick to your child’s progress, not how your husband doesn’t help you around the house.

4. Guys who dribble a ball for a couple of hours a game can make up to $20 million a year. We educate future leaders and make about $51,000 a year.

5. Your child may be the center of your universe but I have to share mine with 25 others.

6. Please help us by turning off the texting feature on your child’s phone during school hours.

7.  We’re sick of standardized testing and having to “teach to the test.”

8. We take on the role of mother, father, psychologist, friend, and adviser every day. Plus, we’re watching for learning disabilities, issues at home, peer pressure, drug abuse, and bullying.

9. You do your job, I’ll do mine.  I have parents who are CEOs of their own companies come in and tell me how to run my classroom. I would never think to go to their office and tell them how to do their jobs.

10. Having the summer off is great, but… many of us have to take on extra jobs — teaching summer school, tutoring — to make ends meet.

11. If we teach small children, don’t tell us that our jobs are “so cute” and that you wish you could glue and color all day long.

12.  Don’t ask us to do your dirty work. We wish parents would make their kids own up to their actions instead of pressuring us to bend the rules.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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