I so enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts on part one and am looking forward to what we have to share for part two. This section is a must read for our parents and it really brought back some memories on how I was the classic "helicopter" parent for a while. I learned very quickly to stop that when I came across the very same parent of one my students. Lesson learned!
The principle from this section that stood out has to be, "Principle 27: Realize the power of gratitude and appreciation. "
Now that I have a child in college and a junior in high school, I can say that I have made every mistake Ron Clark tells us not to do. So, I needed this principle so many years ago, but at least I can laugh about what I did! I have emailed in anger, I have gone straight to the principal, I have spoken negatively about teachers in front of my kids, and I have also demanded that the teacher be changed. So, now I realized that if someone did this to me as a teacher, I would probably have quit my profession because I would have been so upset. Do I agree with the giving of gifts to teachers in order to make sure that they feel differently about students, absolutely not. But, I do know that when I shower my own children's teachers with appreciation, the outcomes and the way my children are treated is quite different. Appreciation doesn't always have to come by way of gifts, just a mere thank you or recommendation to other parents will be sufficient.
What are your thoughts on this section?