Tuesday 21 November 2017

We need a lot more parent-teacher meetings

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn; new approach needed on meetings
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn; new approach needed on meetings

* Teachers must feel like celebrities this week. Parents will queue patiently at schools to hear how their child is performing.

I think, however, that parent-teacher meetings are an utter waste of time. Most parents will get, if lucky, a maximum of five minutes per teacher. Five meagre minutes is not enough time to find out how their child is performing, where they're excelling and what they're finding difficult.

But it's not really five minutes. After polite conversation, this five minutes becomes three; the parents need to keep the teacher happy with their child, so they can't rush him or her.

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