I'd better be explicit! I'm not seeking to drive a wedge between 'working' and 'non-working' people,
'waged' and 'non-waged', teachers and parents etc. I'm just exploring the situation I find myself in
and am interested to know what other people's opinions are.
Generally speaking, I would have thought teachers fell into the same category of 'working person'
that I am talking about i.e. struggle to be home by 6.00pm. Although, I expect they have more leeway
than many when it comes to leaving the premises before 5.00.
However, most skilled, and many 'non-skilled', people finish work when the work is finished. And
little regard is given to the 'reasonableness' of the hour. I'm not saying this is a good thing, but
should it not have some influence on the organization of events that are intended to be open to as
many people as possible?
Which brings me onto another question: are parents' evenings valued by teachers/schools/the
education system? And what are they expected to achieve? The general impression I have is that we
(the parents) are being discouraged from, if not attending, at least from seeing more than a handful
of teachers, which makes me feel that it is something of a token gesture.
For instance, the time allocated to one teacher recently was not enough for him to see all the
parents even at twice the normal (for this school) frequency. Most parents wished to attend and, not
surprisingly, some were not allotted an appointment.
So, do teachers/schools feel that parents' evenings are time well spent? And is there a conflict
between the needs of the teachers, the pupils, the parents and the system?
And, back on a more personal level, what do parents do in order to attend between 4.00pm and 7.00pm
and see all the teachers (our school arranges 5 minute slots with 5 mins between each i.e. 10
teachers 1 hr 40mins)? Do people take holiday? Or unpaid leave? Or can most people simply slip out
early? What about those who are not able to get time off? Do they arrange other meeting times?
Just want to know what everyone does to be able to attend. Of course, the sub-text is, isn't there a
better way of doing this?
beanz <[email protected]
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[q2]> > Can I test the water? What do people feel is a reasonable time for[/q2]
[q2]> > evenings to end? At our daughters' (comprehensive) school they like to finish around about the[/q2]
[q2]> > time I would expect a large number of working[/q2]
[q2]> > to start to be available - slight exaggeration, but you catch my drift![/q2]
[q2]> > Trevor[/q2]
[q1]> I know you didn't mean it Trevor but you could be misread as suggesting[/q1]
[q1]> teachers are not "working people". A reasonable time for teachers to finish working would be a[/q1]
[q1]> that anyone else would finish working. I know all the arguments about[/q1]
[q1]> holidays etc. but, even if these arguments could be substantiated and teachers were asked to work[/q1]
[q1]> extra hours to accommodate parent[/q1]
[q1]> it would be fair to ask why these should be at the end of a full day's work - why not have[/q1]
[q1]> afternoon's set aside specifically for the purpose? This, of course, would not solve the problem[/q1]
[q1]> that "working people" have in not being able to attend.[/q1]
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