After that, I went to law school and became a lawyer, but being a teacher taught me something profound. (Actually, it taught me two things. One is that teaching is way harder than lawyering. The other, though, is that...)
Teachers are people - with gifts and flaws and humanity.
It seems silly to type that, but I think we all need the reminder.
After all, teachers take care of our kids all day.
And when they send home oodles of homework or a note, it's easy to assume they just don't get it. When our kid complains that Ms. Smith is mean, we assume our kid wouldn't lie. If our kid gets grounded from the field trip, we wonder if the teacher was really fair.
In my experience, there are a handful of teachers who should not be in the classroom. If that is the case, it's fair game to speak, calmly and with facts in hand, to the principal. It is always okay to advocate for your child.
But those teachers are rare.
The more common scenario is a great teacher who has a bad moment or a bad day or makes a mistake.
Treat that teacher with love, compassion, and understanding.
We all have bad days. We all raise our voices or lose our tempers. We all make math errors or make a typo in a letter.
We don't all live under the pressures that teachers face, with thirty different personalities (not even counting administrators or parents) to deal with every day, all day long.
We don't all have the future of society as our personal and professional obligation.
We don't all have to skip lunch and bathroom breaks because a parent calls or a kid gets sick or needs extra tutoring.
This school year, treat the teacher as if they are human, with flaws and all, but also as if they are amazing, because by the simple virtue of what they are willing to do for your kid, they are!
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