Are kids and parents getting worse? I just don't remember this much strife, stress, and shenanigans when I was a kid. I remember being terrified if I got in trouble at school, because I'd get it double at home. Nowadays, I get "yeah, call my mom. She'll back me up."
Worst thing, they do. Most parents argue with me. I get irate emails about zeroes in the gradebook because Johnny didn't turn in something. Or was absent on a test day and didn't come before or after school, send it on one of our four online platforms available, or make any effort whatsoever. I am an awful human for not dishing out 100s like candy.
I am tired of the lowered expectations, from dress code at concerts to expectations for instruments to be repaired. Kids drop band because their parents say they won't pay $30 to have a cork repaired.
I don't understand the quitting mentality.
And don't get me wrong. I am a cheerleader, little Mr./Ms. Sunshine at school. I communicate. I glad-hand. I try EVERYthing to make sure my program is in the papers, cute pics of the kids doing things, etc. I really do try. I am just tired of the lack of caring on the level of students and parents. It's exhausting. I'm not asking your child to be an All-Stater. I'm asking them to practice 10 minutes a day, 2-3 times a week.
I hear all the time from 30-year veteran teachers that kids are not like they used to be. Is this true or do we all become cynics?
I guess I just need a pep talk. Thanks for letting me vent.