As parents always want the best for their kids, it’s no surprise that disagreements between parents and teachers are going to happen, when it comes to education topics. Therefore, if a parent does not see eye to eye on the methods his or her child is being taught or evaluated with, it is better to talk to the teacher directly.
To begin with, parents showing their disagreement about teaching methods to a teacher can create a favourable environment for children growth. Since children’s personalities are diverse, it is rather difficult for teachers to fully notice individual differences in 40-minute class, in terms of intelligence, interest, perception, learning style and personal traits. Accordingly, it is unrealistic to expect every child to do their homework timely and independently as the requirements of classroom become more challenging. In this case, if effective communication between parents and teachers flows frequently, the pressure students face will be reduced to some degree, contributing to healthy growth of children. To be specific, if a child is a competent student, it is easy to write the composition or accomplish the task assigned by teachers. But when learning is a struggle and even becomes frustrating for those children who lag behind their peers, owning to different reasons, like being uninterested, or ill. In this case, they are likely to require extra time and more assistance to complete assignments. Otherwise, without parents’ involvement in teaching, they tend to resist homework, procrastinate on starting assignments, and even perceive themselves as less competent than their peers.
Second, positive response to parents’ disapproval gives teachers a chance to change teaching methods and optimize every lesson at school. For the majority of teenagers, as they are still in their formative years, it is unlikely to give teachers meaningful feedback about teaching, either because they want to leave a good impression on their teachers or because they are afraid to be criticized, even though they sometime dislike the way their teachers instruct them. It is parents who can show their disagreement to instructors and offer useful background information about their kids, so that educators can maximize engaging learning opportunities and find acceptable teaching style quickly. For example, when my cousin, Mike, begins to skip classes because of the lack of learning motivation. His father decides to share valuable insights about his child’s personality with the teachers and offer proper solutions to this problem. Later on, his teachers add more discussions and group activities into the class and pass on information about how Mike copes with a classroom environment, and additional strengths and skills which he has uncovered through various activities. Hence, with his parent’s involvement, my cousin gradually catches up with his classmates and attends school on time.
To sum up, in order to improve children’s performance both at home and at school, it is advisable for parents to express their dissatisfaction with their children’ schools and what is being taught in them.