Risk Management |
From the July/August 2018 Net Assets magazine
The following is an excerpt of the article "The More You Know," which covers nine additional topics (see box below).
By Grace Chan and Michael Blacher, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Managing relationships between schools and parents is becoming more, not less, difficult. Parent anxiety generally reflects concerns about their children: social interactions, academic achievement (at increasingly younger ages) and eventually college enrollment. The result can be parents behaving badly by making unreasonable demands, refusing to hold their children accountable, engaging in harassing, threatening or bullying behavior, launching unfair criticism online, and even initiating litigation. The list goes on and on.
Related content: "The Predicament of Parents"
We have seen a marked increase in parents lashing out at administrators, teachers, other parents and even children in response to alleged wrongs, no matter how slight. Yet schools can take steps to hold parents accountable:
Though there is no one-size-fits-all approach, taking these steps will put schools in the best position to maintain parental relationships, to separate a family if necessary and to defend against claims if they arise.
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