What tired Oregon teachers say (when parents aren't listening)
Oregon teachers would like parents to set down their cell phones for five minutes and pay attention to their kids.
They'd also love more parents to act like parents, or at least allies, if teachers are going to make it through the school year.
"Most teachers accept the fact that yes, we are raising these children, and other people are raising ours," says Laura Shingleton, a middle school teacher in Salem. These kids need order and support, she says, more than their preoccupied parents and overwhelmed educators may realize.
Step 1: government tells parents that the school will feed their children breakfast and lunch, the school will provide clothes for their kids, the school will provide health care for their kids, the school "will assist in feeding and changing diapers" for their kids, (current job opening for that position, see link) and the school will provide classroom supplies for their kids.
Step 2: Lazy parents truly come to believe that the school will raise their kids.
Step 3: Good teachers who actually believe that their role is reading, writing and arithmatic get upset because parents don't want to do their job.
Step 4: We can hopefully rein in government. Take away the crutch that bad parents are using to avoid their responsibilities.