A few days ago, a parent asked how she could prove that her child was receiving instruction from the aide, not the teacher. Another parent suggested that she put a video camera or recording device in her child’s backpack so the child could gather evidence to support the parent’s claim.
We NEVER recommend that parents . . . . . . ask, allow, or encourage their children to monitor their teachers.
First, you would put your child in the position of spying on his teacher or letting his parent down. Who will he betray? Putting your child in this position would cause incredible anxiety and guilt. Second, if the child is caught (and the odds of getting caught are extremely high), the child will be in very hot water. Third, no one will ever trust you or your child again – and rightfully so. Finally, your child would be viewed as a snitch and a sneak, and may never live this reputation down. Your child would suffer more than you.
Questions about who is teaching a child and what the child is being taught are common in our cases. There is a simple solution.
The private sector expert who evaluated the child observes the child’s program and talks with the teacher. The evaluator has expertise about this child and her needs, the program she needs, if the program being provided is appropriate., if the teacher is adequately trained and is implementing the program properly.
Unlike a parent or child, the evaluator is in a position to provide a report or testimony about the program and how it is being implemented.
Can Parents Observe Their Children’s Classrooms? Stay tuned…