We just finished up Parent-Teacher Conferences at my school. With that in mind, I have some questions for the parents of school-aged kids on the board. 1) Do you want your son/daughter with you at the conference listening to what their teacher has to say? For the whole meeting? Some of it? None of it? Why? 2) How honest do you want your teacher to be about your son or daughter's bad behavior? Do you take it seriously or do you really feel that the teacher is just whining about common problems? 3) If the teacher mentions a problem - do you address it with your child and try to change it or do you assume is the teacher's problem to deal with? 4) Have you liked your son/daughter's teachers for the most part? 5) Have you believed that your kid's teachers have truly cared about your child and their education? Because I deal with parents so often as a Special Education teacher, I am very interested in the parent-teacher (or parent-school) relationship...which I often find is a strained relationship for a number of reasons...and I think it might be part of the much larger problem of whats wrong with our public schools.