Teachers Share the Most Off-the-Wall, Bat-Nuts Comments From Parents
Back to school season is upon us, although some teachers may wish for some more time to recharge their batteries.
A recent Reddit thread asked teachers the can of worm-opening question, "What is the most ridiculous thing you have heard a parent say?"
As you can probably guess, the responses ran the gamut from the hilarious to the eye-rolling and everything in between.
Here's a look at some of the more memorable ones. While the teachers may be the ones educating kids, the parents are the ones entertaining us with their buffoonery.
- Taught in an old, impoverished town. Father told me he would not allow his son to read poetry because it would "make him gay."
- This girl didn't study and skipped most of the questions on a test. Mom came in to argue about her daughter's failing grade and said she should only be graded on the questions she did answer, so therefore should have scored a 100 since the few she chose to answer were correct.
- "For the taxes we pay, we expect our teachers to get our kids into any college we want."
- "Spanish class. Parent asked me to exempt her kid from speaking anything in Spanish. Said it made her daughter uncomfortable to say anything in Spanish."
- “Kid obviously forges signature of dad on a failed test. Teacher calls the kid out on it, dad comes in and insists that it is in fact his signature; his little prince can’t get in trouble after all. Two weeks or so later the dad comes into school outraged that he hasn’t been informed of the big project causing the prince so much stress. But you have been informed, says the teacher, here’s the slip I sent home for all the parents, and that’s your signature, right? ‘Right,’ says dad.”
- "At parents' evening: "Don't worry about my daughter, she's thick. She only needs to cook and clean. How is my son doing?"
- "I was told last year that the "obvious reason" I work in special education is because I "can't get a job teaching normal children."
- "Had a star athlete who was being recruited by Ivy League schools failing my English class. On top of his general poor academic performance, I also caught him cheating on a homework assignment which he vehemently denied. His mom scheduled a meeting with an administrator and proceeded to berate me and to accuse me of discriminating against student athletes (I was the Pep Club sponsor at the time). Then she said her son would never cheat. I pulled out his homework and proceeded to read one of his answers, "I, as a 16 year old girl,..." Mom then begins yelling at him, "You can't even cheat right! What's wrong with you? How are you going to get into college if you can't cheat?"
- "My child has anxiety and as such, will not be completing your final project. You will give her an A for the course regardless of her ability to complete the research project (side note: the project counted for 50% of the term grade), or I will report you to the administration and sue the school.' The principal, school therapist, and guidance counselor dismissed her demand on the spot. She got a C- as a final grade."
- "Caitlyn doesn't feel like writing. She'll just say the answers to the work from now on."