Parental Expectations for Teachers and Schools

The world has changed a lot in the last century. A lot of that change happened in the last few decades. The new world is digital and will become even more so. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this digital change.

Not only has the world changed, but parents’ expectations of their children’s education have changed. The job of a teacher is no longer simply to educate. Parents expect a lot more and this is making schooling and teaching quite challenging.

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More Parent Involvement

Parents are getting more involved. This is one of the big changes. It is both good and bad. Parental involvement with their child’s education is great. It shows that they support their child and want him or her to thrive. However, some parents can take things too far. Some parents expect daily progress reports and constantly badger teachers with messages.

Holistic Approach

Parents expect schools, and teachers, to have a holistic approach. In other words, teachers must do more than just teach Mathematics or History. They need to approach teaching holistically and include life skills and lessons. They need to assist in the upbringing of a child instead of just teaching from the outside.

A Child’s Wellbeing

Another expectation is that teachers must take care of a child’s wellbeing. This is not a strange concept and many teachers agree with this. Basically, teachers must be aware of a child’s physical and mental health. They must help to improve a child’s wellbeing and inform parents when something is wrong.

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Increase in Teaching Digital Skills

Parents, and teachers, are expecting an increase in the teaching of digital skills. Many younger children seem to be born with the skills to understand how a tablet or remote works. They inherently know about the technology that previous generations did not. There is now the expectation that schools implement more subjects and training that is digital.

This expectation makes sense because the world is becoming increasingly digitally orientated. Many schools across the world have started introducing subjects and skills training relating to technology and digital processes. There will likely be even more such programs introduced in the near future.

With all these expectations, the face of teaching is also changing. This means that how teachers are trained also needs to be adapted. The education system and methods will have to be reviewed and adjusted to make room for new ways of doing. The way teachers keep records and communicate with parents needs to be streamlined.

Many teachers can appreciate the principles behind these new expectations. Some even encourage it. However, the involvement of parents and their expectations of communication should have strict guidelines. Teachers already have their hands full. There should be helpful guidelines, or a system put in place to facilitate this communication process.