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Stupid parent questions on Facebook....
Old 08-06-2019, 09:41 AM
 
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I'm reading through our community Facebook page (yes, the one I'm an admin for, and will be taking the advice of many of you and stepping down soon).....

One parent posted, "My child's Kindergarten teacher is listed as TBD. Who is that?" Someone else graciously explained that TBD means "to be determined", and it's due to a teacher taking a leave of absence and the sub pending board approval. Sure, that probably could have been explained in the letter, but still....

Another posted: "The supply list says to bring a large backpack. That will stay in the classroom, right?" And 2 parents responded, "yes!" WHAT!?? What good does a backpack do if it stays in the classroom? Its sole purpose is to transport things.

Our Middle School has an ice cream social one evening in August, where kids can get their schedules, tour the building and have ice cream. A parent posted, "Is there an alternate date if we can't make it?" I responded, "There is no alternate event date, but if you can't make it, you can just go to the Main Office any time after that event to pick up your child's schedule and tour the building. Otherwise, your child's schedule will be mailed to you." What followed was anger and outcries of unfairness! "My child shouldn't have to miss out on this event because we're on vacation that week!", etc. Some parents even declared that their child should get a gift certificate for a local ice cream shop if they can't attend the event!

Honestly, I'm not sure that I'm ready to go back and face these people.


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Old 08-06-2019, 09:50 AM
 
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Ugh! I feel your pain. Reading the comments from parents reveal why we have some of the behaviors we have in school.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:58 AM
 
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OMG! I'd have a very tough time answering those stupid questions/comments politely! I'm glad you're stepping down.
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:38 AM
 
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I can kind of understand asking what TBD means. - All of must have asked someone (or looked it up) the very first time we saw the abbreviation, but why on earth a backpack would stay at school is beyond me.

The ice cream one steams me, though! - Ignorant, you can work with, but entitled, you just can't fix.
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Ice cream question
Old 08-06-2019, 11:06 AM
 
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Has me steamed as well. They're setting their kid up to be entitled and expect everything to be handed to them. So many people fail to realize that while that makes them happy as kids, eventually they will be on their own.



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Whew!
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These parents are sounding more and more entitled. That's unreal.
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I'm sure Disneyland would stay open for
Old 08-06-2019, 12:04 PM
 
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that kid - why can't you be a little more accommodating?

Ask McDonald's to donate some coupons for free soft ice cream as a promotion. Here's your free ice cream, kids.
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Old 08-06-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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Omg about the ice cream social...saying they should get a gift cert....unbelievable. Entitled!
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Old 08-06-2019, 01:22 PM
 
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Yup.
"People be crazy," she said with a weary sigh.

I know I have posted our grade 1 teacher saying before but it is worth repeating.

It is our responsibility as grade 1 teachers to allow children to experience disappointment.

Add to it my DD's saying (she is also a teacher).

"My brother and SIL love my nephew and niece enough to say "no". I wish your parents loved you that much too."

I agree --- TBD might warrant an explanation as to meaning.
I could even understand confusion about backpacks for people new to the country and the school system but the ice cream thing. That just makes me shake my head.
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Old 08-06-2019, 01:55 PM
 
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Oh. my. word. That's about all I can say (particularly to the ice cream "complaint."


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Old 08-06-2019, 03:32 PM
 
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Super happy to be retired!
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Old 08-06-2019, 04:55 PM
 
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I turned off commenting and messaging on our school FB page. I couldn’t take it anymore.
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:42 PM
 
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So, parent is taking kid on vacation, to have some great new experiences, enjoy family time & see another part of the country, but they are worried that he will miss out on a dish of ice cream? Come on, people! Giving your kid new experiences is soooo much more important. An entitled attitude, not so much.

I really don't know how you can keep calm, cool and collected on this FB page. If you do step down, good for you. If not, good luck & try to limit your time on there (which may not be possible as an admin, I understand).
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Old 08-07-2019, 05:40 AM
 
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Some parents even declared that their child should get a gift certificate for a local ice cream shop if they can't attend the event!
wow...you win-those people are crazy.

If I am invited to a wedding and then I decline to attend I dont get a free gift cert for a DJ and some cake. This is an event-you do go, you miss out.

This is why our meet the teacher is the day before school starts-too many complaints of "thats not fair we are still on vacation" so now we hold it as late s possible.
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:33 AM
 
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If you don't know what TBD means, it takes 5 seconds to google it. Isn't this the generation that's supposed to be amazingly technologically savvy?

Backpack stays in the classroom? I mean, I guess she could be asking whether the backpack would be in the classroom during the school day as opposed to in a locker or cubby but still. Why does it matter?

Alternate date for ice cream? Although, I have to point out that we (we as schools and educators) have created this problem. I mean, why have an ice cream social in the first place? In fact, why all these endless open houses and "meet the teacher" nights and gift bags for the students and the list goes on. I understand the need for that in 4K and K because younger kids can have separation anxiety (although I don't notice that open houses actually solve that problem) but middle school? Really? I went to a big junior high. I didn't tour the building before I went. I got a schedule and a map and there were teachers and staff in the hallways to point the way if I got lost. I was a little nervous the first day but I survived.
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My theory
Old 08-07-2019, 04:27 PM
 
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is that social media enables and magnifies the complaints that would only last seconds if the person had to write an actual note to the school or had a minute to really think about things.

Instead any dumb thing that passes through someone's mind quickly and easily gets tossed in to boil the pot. I expect there are some parents saying "yeah, my kid should get a free ice cream too" while most others are shaking their heads at the idiocy and keeping quiet.
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social media enables and magnifies the complaints that would only last seconds if the person had to write an actual note to the school or had a minute to really think about things.
Ain't that the truth!
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I hate it
Old 08-15-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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I really hate FB. I don't think I could avoid snarky responses so bless you for your patience.

The ice cream social one is just ridiculous. If someone thinks like that, I feel like there is no hope for the kid. Our school does have an orientation type of thing. However, few show up. Maybe they need to add ice cream to it!
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