As we finished up our final CCD class of the year last week, I was reminded of a quote from one of our US senators on the state of education in the US.
“The biggest problem with education in this country is a bad case of PDD – Parental Deficit Disorder.”
He wasn’t talking about our 5th grade religion classes, but it seemed to fit our situation.
As I whined a couple of weeks ago, we are never quite sure how much of an effect we are actually having on our students. And we know the children don’t really appreciate our efforts. Heck, they would much prefer to be home watching TV or out playing with their friends. So would I at their age. (Or even at my current age!)
However, my co-teacher, Mrs. R, and I are a little disappointed in the lack of participation and/or acknowledgment by the parents, for whom we give up 26 Wednesday nights to teach their children.
–We have 25 sets of parents who we have repeatedly invited to sit-in on an occasional class to see what we are teaching their children. So far not a single parent has taken us up on the invitation. We could be teaching their children straight from the Book of Mormon, and they would probably never pick up on it. (Not that there is anything wrong with the Book of Mormon, if you are an LDS, but we’re Catholic.)
–I maintain a second blog that I update weekly so parents can see what we are teaching and discussing. Of 25 sets of parents, my blog count averages around four to six hits a week.
–At the final pick-up last week, one, but only one, parent came up to Mrs. R and me and said, “Hey, I want to thank you for all you have done this year. You’ve been here every week teaching this group, and I want you to know my husband and I appreciate it.” One other student brought us a “thank you card.” We weren’t expecting a ticker-tape parade, but a few more “thanks for teaching my son/daughter” would have been nice.
Of course, we don’t teach the class for the parents or for recognition. We do it because we think it is an important job that someone needs to do. All the same, some acknowledgment from the parents would have been appreciated.
That’s enough of my whining. I’m on religious education vacation until September.
You should be thanked. Teaching religious education is not an easy job. The kids often see the class as a challenge. How much can they get away with? I’ve been there, and lucky for me, there was plenty of thanks. I can imagine it would be pretty disappointing to receive so little acknowledgment.
Enjoy your break!