To be honest I think being a teacher would be bloody hard work and thankless much of the time. I certainly never want to be one of those horror show parents who always know just that little bit more than any trained educator!
Today I traipsed across town for one of the few parent teacher interviews on offer. You know, the time you finally get some one on one with said teacher to finally find out what the inside scoop is. Well its changed. The parent teacher interview is now the parent teacher kid interview. That blend of interview where it mashes a management meeting, counselling session and teaching experience into one 15 minute snap shot of the said scone grabber!
To be honest I felt for my wee girl as she had to outline strengths and weaknesses and as she offered promises of what she was "going to work on to improve" and how she felt we "could help her at home". It mentioned "national averages" and various flash benchmarking tools. Just as we got into a few specific questions we were shunted out the door with a "sorry I'm back to back!"
It was all too hands off and didn't allow you to eyeball the teacher and ask "so how is she really going?" It was all a very PC and it really just means I'll have to pop down and try and talk to the teacher at some later stage if I want to get any real answers. Overall it was average, hands off and lacking any real discussion with the teacher.
Can we go back to the parent teacher bit where the kid waits nervously for the parent summary please?
I rated it as "below the national average."