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Those of you who have followed my remarks over nearly 15 years know that I spent my early career years teaching students in a large urban high school.   Even though there were tough times during the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, teachers, students and parents for the most part were respectful.  Parents talked to teachers, students were polite with teachers and teachers most often communicated properly with students and parents.  Over the decades, I have watched those relationships change.  Immediate attention from the media certainly has played a role.  What goes on in any school almost anywhere can draw instant attention from the media.  USA Today, a couple of weeks ago, reported that a first of its kind survey from the Harris Poll shows that “students respect (for) teachers has dropped from 79% to 31%” comparing parents of today with how they perceived their teachers when they were students.  Too often teachers are the first to be blamed.  They might be poor classroom managers or there is a lack of patience between teachers and students.  Certainly some of that is true, however, the biggest drop in the survey is the lack of respect from the parents.  Get this; it went from 91% a few decades ago to 40%.  It’s my belief that the parents hold the bag on this one. It all starts with parenting.  If we truly want public education to reach its intended goals parents should heed the remarks of one teacher in New Jersey who says it best. “It’s time for parents to start parenting and teach manners and respect…at home.  Let the teachers teach.”  I believe she has a point.  Am I wrong?Student Respect for Teachers


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