Last updated on 12/03/08
What can I do if my child or I dislike his teacher?
Most school-aged children spend many of their hours awake at school. If a child dislikes his teacher, the entire year is ruined, as the child spends most of his time with a person he cannot stand. Even if parents dislike the teacher themselves, it is important for them to hide those feelings from their child and try to repair the relationship between their child and the teacher.
In the Jewish Community
It is common for a child’s teacher to be younger than the child’s parents are, but parents are often able to trust and respect the teacher due to the teacher’s extensive training. In the Jewish community, many schools do not require the teachers to have any sort of degree. They come with passion, trying to disguise their lack of formal training. Although some of these young men and women are quite talented, it is often hard for a parent to accept the opinion of an untrained teacher half his age. It may be difficult, but it is nevertheless important for parents to refrain from criticizing a teacher in front of the student. A child that knows his parents do not respect his teacher will find himself unable to respect the teacher.
Use the following links to learn how to repair your child’s relationship with his teacher. Find out why it is important for you to hide your dissatisfaction about teacher and read how to communicate effectively with your child’s teacher.
Frequently Asked Links
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