There is nothing so wasteful of time as a "Student-Led" Parent/Teacher Conference. Especially in the elementary grades where report card grades are assigned without any data to support them. As a parent, I am not interested in having my child go through a rehearsed "show and tell" of the menial bits of projects they have been doing after just a couple of months back at school. I want the teachers feedback- the good, the bad and the UGLY. In fact, I expect and look forward to the "ugly." How else am I supposed to know what I need to be working on with my kid at home?

Without real and meaninful conversations with their children's educators, parents have been completely left in the dark about how they can better support their child's education. Contrary to popular opinion, MANY parents are capable of supporting the learning that is taking place in schools. Not only are they capable of doing this, many WANT to do this. The few, "bad apple parents" who abuse the system by expecting our teachers to be the SOLE provider of our children's education should not force the rest of us in to these silly conferences that end up being more of a cheerleading session than anything. 

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Parent First about 4 years ago

Thank you! Student-led conferences seem to be taking over--probably in conjunction with common core. I feel as if the teachers do not want to discuss my child with me. Even when I go to a parent teacher conference, they fill up the entire time with their test results and folders of information. We spend very little time actually discussing my child as a person. Maybe they feel inadequate to have this discussion since school has only been in session for two months. This will be our first student-led conferences in our district in Ohio. We had our choice, either student-led or teacher-led. Now it has been properly named---"teacher-led". Not a conference between equally intelligent and knowledgeable adults about my child. And as for "student-led conferences", perhaps we should be meeting with a psychiatrist if we need to drive eight miles to the school to listen to our child.

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