School is starting soon and this year will be our oldest child’s first experience in the public school: Kindergarten. I imagine students and teachers are mentally preparing themselves for 180 days worth of intentional instruction over the course of the next 9 months. My daughter has no idea what to expect, but she is really excited!

In the spirit of school starting and teachers teaching, I would like to share an insightful article written by an 18 year old student whose father is a teacher.

Top 10 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

  1. There are two types of students: 1) Those who are internally motivated, and 2) Those who are not. Adjust your parenting accordingly.
  2. It is human nature to lie. Thus, students lie.
  3. It’s not our job to parent. No. That’s your job.
  4. We have 100 plus students. You have maybe one or two.
  5. Your students actually do work hard.
  6. Enabling your child will only hurt them in the future.
  7. Your students will be more successful academically if they organize themselves in the classroom.
  8. Students need to know when to speak and when not to speak.
  9. We have lives just like you.
  10. We really are on your side.

source Radical Parenting


  1. Jeremy, no additions and no corrections — this just needs to be imprinted in the minds of parents and constant reminders given through the school year. Thank you!

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