As requested, here is the article from cnn.com.
I am puzzled at today's parents. I once had a parent call me about talking to his son in Little League about controlling his mouth. I assumed dad was calling to set up an apology by his son; something my parents insisted on when I was growing up, but I was wrong. His son lectured me on how to coach and others how to play, and now dad was doing the same.
"I am very close to my son", he said. I had not questioned his closeness, yet noted what he said, in the negative, as sensitive. This was key and the likely reason why he was coming to his son's defense, instead of helping his son take ownership. Here is where I have such strong empathy with teachers and why I am an advocate for summers off for teachers: recharge the batteries that are not only naturally drained in inspirational, but to recharge some of the energy wasted on parents.
I said to him, "given the degree of mouthiness, I have a hard time thinking that this comes as a surprise to you" in which the father admitted that, not once, but on several occasions, he and his wife were called to school to meet with teacher about their son's mouth.
He could not grasp that by the time it gets to the point where a teacher asks parents to come in for a specific conference, it is already a bad problem; one in which the teacher was unable to bring the child's mouth under control. He could not grasp how teachers do not need the extra stress in life of not only having to get the child to stop interrupting class with his incessant mouth, but that the teacher knows, in our day and age, that by calling in the parents, the teacher is risking increasing her own stress levels and may be met with, "not my son!" and "what's the matter, don't you know how to teach a genius?" type of responses. Most teachers conclude that it is not worth it, and the child goes uncorrected due to the self-esteem bloat by today's parents.
Here is the most significant point for teachers to grasp:
The more neglectful the parent, the more the teacher or others will be blamed.
The more neglectful the parent, the more vocal the parent will be.
I don't blame the teachers. Teachers understand the projection of guilt as well as any professional:
The negligent parent feels guilty and since the teacher has complained about the child, the parent has an opportunity to alleviate guilt by playing 'hero' and showing the child how much he or she cares. It is a critical mistake that has the potential to teach the child to blame others for the rest of his life.
Texas Teacher, here is your article. Thank you for your comment and your red pen in science class! Some day, you will be thanked for your work!