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15 Ridiculous Things Parents Have Said To Teachers


We asked teachers what were the worst things they were ever told from angry parents at Parent-Teacher conferences. Here are the most ridiculous responses we got back!

1. "My son should not be prohibited from eating a peanut butter sandwich in class just because other kids are allergic. Just tell the other kids to stay away from him when he's eating." Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 1

2. "Can you accept me on Facebook, in case I have a question about homework, so you can respond right away? It’s easier for me."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 2

3. "I’ll have to take my son out for a family vacation the week before Christmas. Could you make sure nothing too important is being taught during that week?"Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 3

    4. "Sorry, we're just a bit disappointed because we were really hoping to be in the other teacher’s class."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 5

    5. Parents: "Please feel free to hit our child if he misbehaves…" Teacher: "No, this will not happen." Parents: "No, we insist!"


    6. "My daughter said you told her she wasn't allowed to bring her hamster to school. That seems pretty racist!"confused

    7. "Can you not put time limits on tests? My son doesn't like to be rushed..."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 6

    8.  "I thought teaching was about making a difference, but maybe for you, it's about the vacations."

    9. "Well I pay taxes, so really I pay for your salary, and I expect you to listen to what I have to say."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 9

    10. "Could you put a little more energy towards your class? You’ll have all summer to chill, so just kick yourself a little and put a little extra effort into your job please. I hope you understand that I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m just concerned about the future of my children."Ridiculous things parents say to teachers - Bored Teachers 10

    11. "Can you please explain why my daughter scores A's in all classes except in yours? What’s wrong with your teaching?"

    12. "I don't believe in homework assignments, and strongly stand by my point. My son will not hand in any homework."

    13. "If you want your students to have certain school supplies for your class, why should we be responsible for buying it for them? It's your class, it should be your responsibility."not amuzed

    14. “Unlike you, I didn't settle for an education degree. I have a degree in psychology. You should show a little more respect when I make suggestions on how you should manage your class."excuse me

    15. In response to being asked to pick up their child on time... "I have to work! Isn't it the teachers' job to be flexible and take care of kids, so parents can work?"

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    Tell us about your PTM horror stories in the comments & we'll add them to the list!


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    • Joan on

      “I am at a shoe store and see a great deal. Can you quick check my daughters shoe size for me”

    • Anne on

      I told my daighter that she will be able to get partial credit on your assignment ( which I did not offer bc she did not turn it in). I also heard from kids you are a racist."

    • Anne on

      “I told my child you have to earn his respect first, and then he will respect you.”

    • Eva on

      Why can’t you come in 30 minutes early? I don’t see why you are being inflexible. I have to go to work.

    • Mary on

      A student in my College Prep 11th grade English class plagiarized part of a research paper. I told the student that she would receive a zero for this paper because she had violated the school’s academic honesty policy. The next day the student’s mother demanded to see my proof, whereupon I showed her the printout of the online material the student used. The mother demanded that I change the grade because her daughter had only plagiarized about 25% of her paper, so I should only take off 25% of the points.

    • jacquie on

      “My child is here in your class everyday. He deserves at least a C for showing up”

    • Robyn Reed on

      “You hurt my daughter’s feelings, and now her self image is damanged. You told her no one cares how much her jeans cost. And now she feels bad,” Kid would not shut up about how expensive her jeans were, while I was trying to present a lesson (in Art
      , no less.)

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