Posted 04 December 2019 - 21:51
I would love to be even stricter than I am, but in reality many parents wouldn't back you up. A few do - you get to know the ones that don't molly coddle their little darlings but insist that work is done and back up teachers - and generally these are the kids who end up doing better at school etc. Funny that! I teach two very bright, very musical but very lazy brothers. Their mother is fierce with them (in a good way)and if they haven't practised I tell her and she makes sure it is done for the next time. They need a firm hand to make sure they achieve all they are capable of.
The thing is that they actually do appreciate it. When one of them got a very good exam result last year his mother confided in me that he had said how pleased he actually was that we had pushed him.
But it's not fashionable these days - most parents want to be "friends" with their children. They do them a great service in my opinion.