No parent wants to subject their children to teachers who hurt their self-esteem. But it’s far too common for parents to jump to conclusions when their children complain (“When You Think Your Child’s Teacher Is a Bad Fit,” The Wall Street Journal, Sep. 16).
Although a bad fit can occur at any age in a child’s education, it’s usual most difficult to evaluate when children are in elementary school because they often misinterpret what a teacher says to them. When I was in elementary school, my mother always took the side of the teacher when I complained. That is so rare today.
The best advice when children manifest physical and/or emotional signs is to request a conference with the teacher. The teacher may be totally unaware of the situation. If the conference doesn’t improve matters, parents can then go to the principal as a last resort.
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