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  •  Once a friend of mine tried to tell a student's (0+ / 0-)

    mother he thought her child needed psychological help and she responded, " I think YOU need to see a psychiatrist."

    •  Perhaps what that suggests is a mandate (0+ / 0-)

      I can see parents and teachers getting into a contest of wills over something like this.  But some progress has to be made, otherwise we are going to lose the ability to call ourselves a civilized society.  

      Perhaps this is an indication of something Congress needs to address.  Or maybe the Department of Education.  

      At any rate, I think the role teachers play in observing students every day should get more respect.  

      hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

      by Stuart Heady on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:39:23 PM PST

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      •  I think it was a case of teachers who (0+ / 0-)

        didn't realize that some parents don't want to know, and I can't blame them. Nobody wants to hear that.

      •  choose your words carefully (0+ / 0-)

        sometimes the only thing you need to say is simply report the behaviors observed. You can not say someone NEEDS anything ... but you can say you observed this and it disrupted the class - or Johnny spends approximately 75% of his time in class sleeping - then say what interventions you have done to try to help this problem.

        If the parent's do not care to hear it - then what?? Invite them to come and observe the class - they don't have time - so who else do you report it to? Government agencies? so we have the government raising kids more than the parents ....

        The diarist makes valid points. what is a good solution to the problem?

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