Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday afternoon RANT.

You know, here's what I would like:

Say you need to email me, your kid's teacher.  Say there's a mistake in your kid's grade or you have a question about the homework or you need to excuse your kid for something he should be taking care of himself or ask a question about your kid's grade that she is too afraid to ask me.  Fine.  All that is normal.  That's why we have email.  I'm happy to talk to you.

But you know what I would like?  How about a little kindness out of the gate?  Just a touch?  Or if kindness is out of your reach right now, how about just not rage?  (To my knowledge, not rage is the generally accepted guideline for civilized human communication.)  How about just some basic respect instead of an accusatory tone?

Could we just take it down a notch?  Neutrality, anyone?

How about you don't jump right in with your angry pants on when NOBODY HAS ASKED ME TO FIX THE PROBLEM YET.  Give me a chance!  I'm willing to look at the situation and what I can do to make it better.  Have you considered that your teen (the same one who pisses you off on a regular basis) could be part of the issue, here?  How about you don't assume I'm some crazy, ridiculous person?  BECAUSE I'M NOT, you know, I'M PRETTY FREAKING NICE and you're writing me an email like you've already got a defense attorney on speed dial and you're 100% sure I'm Hitler.

Seriously, if you think I'm the meanest and most unreasonable teacher on campus, you are delusional.

Anyway, I really like your kid and I want all kids to pass my class.  I think I am a reasonable person.  I am helpful as can be, and patient, and I try to be kind to all living things, including you.  When you send me an email replete with disdain as subtle as Richard Simmons' gym shorts, I DIE A LITTLE INSIDE.

What the heck did I do to deserve your rage?  I thought we both wanted to help your kid?



Sorry for shouting.


  1. I don't envy you - and I know how parents can is never the kid's fault!

    P.S. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Richard Simmons pic! HILARIOUS!!!
    P.P.S. I'm not another person yelling at you...I'm just super excited about the R.S. pic and that we agree! :)