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Parents are the Problem with Youth


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Hello Lance,
You have touched upon a reality that few will admit is true. I taught English and sociology for over thirty-five years, - elementary to graduate school - and while many parents were supportive and positive re: their children's social and educational challenges, there were always those few who needed to absolve themselves of any blame and made egregious excuses for their children. Couple that with an administration who considered parents to be its "clients," and a tsunami of egregious behavior ensued.

Thank you for sharing!
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reply by the author on 18-Oct-2018
    Thank you. My wife is still a teacher and comes home with horror stories of parents and administrators and other teachers and the whole ordeal is a crushing nightmare for everyone. A transformation into a for profit industry.
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I gave you six stars because it is TRUE!!! I am a teacher and I love my profession, but as you said, it's not just the administration who asks for the impossible and turns teachers into secretaries, it's also the parents. I'm lucky to be working in China where parents support the teachers and respect is a must. I still love teaching and I always say that I work for my kids not for the school or the parents. Thanks for sharing.


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    The system is broken, sadly. It has become an increasingly corrupt for profit industry, selling the future to various educational text book publishers and curriculum designers. Thank you for your comments and you probably do the profession proud when even that is becoming a rarity.
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I have heard it all from the kid can do no wrong and how dare you accuse my kid of doing such a thing. Kids today are spoilt and parents are afraid of them because the kids will see them put in jail if they lift a finger to make them mind.


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reply by the author on 16-Oct-2018
    They also deify their kids sometimes. Since more formal religious practices has dried up or been disgraced, the new gods for many of their people are their precious babies.
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50 words is rough, but it's a good way to learn how to edit yourself. As a teacher i agree parents are the big issue. We have raised a generation of spoiled brats.


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reply by the author on 16-Oct-2018
    Thank you for your comments. We have made either spoiled kids or terminal victims who have always been blamed for everything and who, in turn, will grow up to blame everyone but themselves for their mistakes.
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I spent many years as a teacher and can certainly see where you are coming from with this. There is little a teacher can do to influence the behaviour of a child without the support of his or her parents.


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reply by the author on 16-Oct-2018
    Which is of course very difficult, not just because they aren't your children and most of us are generally too exhausted or disinterested in trying to raise them as such. The parents would get annoyed with you anyway and will trust their child far more than you. Thank you for the comments.
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Hi Lance, firstly, good topic, and it's always interesting to find out that it is based on personal experience, but that is as far as the credibility went and for a teacher that surprised me. I think for your flash fiction to have more impact, you need to base it on something other than just this sweeping generalization, which is just your say-so. And while I appreciate author notes, I don't think they should be longer than the body of the work you are reviewing, hope that makes sense.

Perhaps a brief case-study as an example. Or one reference from someone else in authority. I don't see any word limits on this so you could add a small one and still categorize it as a flash fiction.

You do paint with broad brushstrokes, but for me personally, it was too broad and didn't work.

Thanks for sharing your writing, which was one interesting opinion. which I disagree with. Cheers, Anastasia.

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reply by the author on 15-Oct-2018
    It was a brief editorial. I had fifty words. It was an observation, not a study of social norms in modern education, the trials and errors and the frequent interruptions. And to say that this is a broad generalization is, in fact, not accurate. The rarities, tragically, are the upstanding parents. Very few of them care if their child is learning anything. They just want to boast about their grades, or humiliate them for not living up to their standards. Modern public school is a lesson in victimization, for everyone, from under-pressure and always criticized Secretaries of Education, through School District Executives and down to the continuing sinking downwards on the hierarchical rope, through principals, through the teachers, leaving those front line soldiers--less than half who are actually qualified or truly care about their jobs--leaving the teachers no one else to take it out on other than their students as well as their families. The good parents are wonderful. We almost always adore their kids too. Most of the numb middle we either feel sorry for or we despise.

reply by Alexander Vasa on 15-Oct-2018
    I understand what you are saying, I just think it is a broad generalization though and to give it credibility, I would add a quote from someone other than yourself, I know so many people who care about their kid's marks at School, and who support the teachers in their observations and suggestions. Perhaps America is different from Australia?? I don't know..

reply by the author on 15-Oct-2018
    America has sank into a dank sewer of utter cynicism. It is a thick cloth that consumes most of our ambitions. Schools in America are not really about learning any longer. I say this too from experience, and while I will not quote anyone directly, I can state that this has been the topic of sullen group discussions in our teacher meetings for years and years and years. We talk about the corporitization of American public education. As a matter of fact, public schools are being transformed into 'charter schools,' which is essentially the district leasing out buildings to private education companies that sell their wares and their test packets and their curriculum designed by a sales wizard with the goal of training the next generation of consumers. This is a terribly cynical view, I realize, but I will give you an incident that occurs every two or three years when the district gets paid by a new for-profit consortium. Imagine being in a room full of experienced teachers. Several of them are awful, most of them are competent and a handful are even really good at their jobs. Enter a 26-year old in a business suit with a degree in economic risk management telling the whole school how to teach this latest version of factual reality. Yes, it is as bad as I say. It is going away, all of it. Soon it will be all private schools of one stripe or another and those who cannot afford to pay will have to go without formal learning.

reply by Alexander Vasa on 15-Oct-2018
    That sounds very dismal, but it fits with what is happening to America across the board. Our schools are government run and we have the C to C which is taught nation wide. Education is free but if you want to pay to send your kids to more elite schools you can, but all the teachers are four year University trained whether you go to private or public schools. In mho, you are witnessing the decline of your country, even if Trump has fixed the economy slightly, you are on the slippy slope down where money rules. It is sad, isn't it? Australia is a wonderfully egalitarian country with no citizens carrying arms. Just the police. We are very safe from people, but not from poisonous snakes and pests etc. But it is a beautiful place. I've been told by Americans that visit that it reminds them of America before the rot set in.
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This is so true, it is same everywhere. These days due to social media I think everybody is trying to be so aware of everything that they tend to overdo it. And parents should know where to draw a line. I loved your entry.


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reply by the author on 14-Oct-2018
    Thank you. The problem with your logical suggestion about drawing the line is that so many parents today have never actually become adults. They are the same selfish jerks they were at 17 and try their damnedest to make their kids think they're cool, then they explode on them with tantrums and crying and, occasionally, beatings.

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    I agree
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This is a very good flash fiction, I really enjoyed reading it. I think teachers have a terrible task to face with all the P.C.nonsense. Good luck in the competition. Best wishes. Jen.


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reply by the author on 14-Oct-2018
    It isn't so much the political correctedness. You can disregard that, honestly, in the classroom because the kids don't really care. I would let them write 'this is the worst piece of shit I've ever read,' in a paper, letting them know that it was a valid critical response, but they needed to tell me why. What it really is is the whole of society, an increasingly detached and selfish world that cannot see the larger reality outside of themselves. Thank you for your comments.
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Excellent entry for the School Flash Fiction prompt. I agree with the point you make and can see how it is a truth for several people I know. Good job on this one.


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reply by the author on 14-Oct-2018
    Thank you. This is a sad reality.
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Lance -
I realize I'm poking the bear here, but I would have to disagree with your statement "They allow them to fail" -- I have been a high school teacher for almost 20 years now and the problem is they will NOT allow them to fail. They will not allow them to receive less than an 'A' or a 'B' without a fight - especially in an honors or advanced class. Always an excuse. Always an exception. Somehow over the past decade or so, that realistic bell curve of 'C' being average [with 'F' failing] has been thrown out the window for the 'false-god curve' of 'A-' being average [with 'C-' failing and no one actually FAILING]...at least in the eyes of parents (and an increasing number of admins that are tired of fighting city hall). It's all to feed the 'university monster' because everyone is college material these days on the new bell curve. Sigh.


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reply by the author on 14-Oct-2018
    It depends on your school, for one. Secondly, by pressuring a kid like that, you set them up for never being good enough and even if they get good grades, they fail in life because they doubt they can ever succeed.

reply by Y. M. Roger on 14-Oct-2018
    Yep.
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