Your article was spot on. As for preferring the term "challenging,'' if only that were merely the case... The parent who does not take the teacher's subtle hints becomes a problem for the teacher. We already are balancing enough -- children who want to talk nonstop, meetings, Common Core changes, technology that stops working, non-academic activities like parties, testing deadlines, etc. We need parents' support. Lucky me, I have so many caring parents who are NOT challenging, it makes dealing with the occasional "problem'' parent easy. I try to remember that all involved parents are doing their best at a job no one trained them for. I, however, was trained and keep being trained every moment some politician decides we're teaching a new way.
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