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Old 10-12-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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They can meet the parents just as easily at school to get to 'know' the parents and give them first hand info about themselves as well.
Many schools are in neighborhoods or cities where transportation issues make it very hard for some parent's get to school. Also, many parents do not come to back to school night or other events where it is a group of parents and one teacher because they see no point. Meeting in a child's home allows for a level of personal communication that is just not possible at most school events.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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I just saw this thread and it reminded me of something that happened years ago . I went to my son's teachers home and it was filthy and clutered and smelled like the garbage had not been taken out for a week . she tried to spray lysol and stuff but really it could not be taken away . I was shocked to say the least and she had kids !!! No I did not report her she was just overwhelmed and this poor woman needed her job . So that runs both ways . I agree I would not like any teacher coming to my home to check out how clean my home is or how the laundry is done etc ... Is there any way to opt out of this ? if there was I would i feel that is an invasion of privacy .
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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Sorry but the analogy is not apt.
Ok then, forget the analogy. If a group such as the one the OP referenced said, "Teachers should open up their homes for parent/teacher meetings" would you do it? Would you be willing to have parents see how you live?

Sorry. Sometimes my curiosity just kind of takes over and I start wondering about these things. It's a very interesting thread.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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I'm not sure you understood the spirit behind my post but....

A question. (Open to any teacher who cares to respond.) How would you feel about having parents come to your private residence for conferences? Because we can turn this around. A teacher wants to visit a student's home to see if there are any impediments to his learning. How about parents visiting the teacher's home to see if there is anything that will affect his/her ability to teach?
I would have no problem with that provided that it was only one family at a time. I could not do 20 conferences in a day in my home. I doubt too that this is what parents want to see by meeting the teacher.

When I did teach near my home, the parents where parents of my children's friends and did come to my home once in a while though not for conferences.

I would not be judging parents at their homes, btw. I would be looking to see if there were ways I could help their child.

Tell me whether you think that Jaime Escalante was wrong to go to his student's homes and to actually badger parents to let them participate in advanced classes? That is what he did with several of his students in the first year. It's also why he ended up having a heart attack from the amount of work he did.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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Tell me whether you think that Jaime Escalante was wrong to go to his student's homes and to actually badger parents to let them participate in advanced classes? That is what he did with several of his students in the first year. It's also why he ended up having a heart attack from the amount of work he did.
I've been thinking about that since you mentioned his name in another post. In that partiular situation, students and families in East L.A., I'd say probably not.

God rest his soul. He was one of a kind.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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Ok then, forget the analogy. If a group such as the one the OP referenced said, "Teachers should open up their homes for parent/teacher meetings" would you do it? Would you be willing to have parents see how you live?

Sorry. Sometimes my curiosity just kind of takes over and I start wondering about these things. It's a very interesting thread.
For me it's not a "tit for tat" situation. I think it is intrusive for the school to evaluate my home environment. Period.

Being able to evaluate the teacher's home environment does not take away the invasion of privacy that I would feel in such a situation. It is also not my business how the teacher lives. She is paid to do a job and she should do it. What she does in her own home is not my business.
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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Ok then, forget the analogy. If a group such as the one the OP referenced said, "Teachers should open up their homes for parent/teacher meetings" would you do it? Would you be willing to have parents see how you live?

Sorry. Sometimes my curiosity just kind of takes over and I start wondering about these things. It's a very interesting thread.
Probably not, but then I also would not participate if my daughters teachers wanted to come to my house. But it IS voluntary.

I do not think the entire program should end just because some of us do not want to participate.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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The only time I've ever heard of this is during the nursery school years. My sons' teachers did come to introduce themselves and meet the boys prior to the school year. I never felt anything nefarious was going on, and it did help with the initial adjustment for the kids.

Once k-12 came around, there was never any kind of a home visit, except for the teachers who were actually neighbors and came to drop off work when one child or another was sick.

I wouldn't campaign for the idea, personally, but more because it seems like an added burden on the teachers. I have nothing to hide, and I'm sure most people don't. I just don't think teachers should have to travel to meet the parents, instead of the other way around.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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Not to me. It is a right the Supreme Court of the United States has told me I am entitled to and I cherish it.
Given I have ZERO things to hide from anyone, and given this value is more likely to create a sense of isolation in society than one of happiness...it feels overrated to me; especially when applied to real people in real communities and not just to bureaucratic entities.

Do I want the government watching my every move? No.

Do I want to get across to every real person in my community that "I value my privacy thank you very much so stay away?" No again.

But yes, that's just me. I'd have those teachers over any day - and maybe we might even connect at a personal level.
Everyone else in my family would be better off for it.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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But yes, that's just me. I'd have those teachers over any day - and maybe we might even connect at a personal level.
Everyone else in my family would be better off for it.
And in the United States you have the right to say, "Yes, I'll participate!" or "No. Stay off my lawn!". Ain't America grand? Gosh, I love having that choice.

BTW and OT: The Supreme Court heard arguments on another Right to Privacy case yesterday. It involved strip searches. Fascinating.
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