Sunflower Musings: Sometimes, I feel like being an educator is like fighting for a cause. I had a parent call me, asking if I could change his daughter’s grades to make them higher. When he realized I won’t, he tried to make me “confess” that I did something wrong with the grading. I told him that I explained everything to his daughter the moment I realized that she got lower grades this time, and that I assured her that I was not angry with her, that I was only reprimanding her to correct her behavior. He tensely replied “SO YOU DO ADMIT THAT YOU REPRIMANDED HER? THAT YOU CORRECTED HER? THAT YOUR BIASES MADE HER TEACH HER A LESSON??” In my mind, I was questioning why a parent would even dare to berate a teacher for trying to teach a lesson to her student. Did he send her to school to learn or to just get grades?
P.S. the title is inspired by a Doctor Who episode