Often parents seem to be cast as our enemies or adversaries Those poeple who think they know but really don’t. Those people who may think they have the best interest of their child in mind but really are terribly outdated in their notion of school. I ave found that my reality couldn’t be further from the truth. The parents I work with are educated on their child and their needs, they are the ones that know them best. They also know that school has changed since they went themselves, and many welcome the changes that they see. Many are glad that their child is not subjected to the same drill and kill as they were in their youths. Many have questions, rightfully so, and start real dialogue with me about why I do the things I do. Often I walk away with great ideas from these conversations.
It is too easy to cast parents as the bad guys when we are afraid of changing our classrooms. It is too easy to think that they will be opposed. We truly wont know until we try, and we truly wont be able to try until we get parents aboard. It is not as hard as it can look to be, but it does take courage and placing faith in your parents. Are you willing to do that?