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Each year, parents from the Board of Education and the PTA make appointments to see the principal to secretly secure the “best” teachers for their kids for the school year. For years you’ve shaken your head at the practice, scoffing at the helicopter parenting that sometimes makes for a student who doesn’t know how to make the best out of any classroom…that is, before you had your own kids. Look, as a teacher, you know the ins and outs of a school better than anyone. And for those of us who are also parents, this can, at times, be both a challenge and a blessing. After all, you have a unique perspective as a parent advocate because you have all the insider knowledge. You know all the drama going on in the faculty lounge, and you know those teachers who bust their butt and those who don’t. So now here comes your own kid up through the ranks, and the question is this: is it time to make your own appointment to see the principal? Do you, as a teacher-parent use your pull to choose the teachers for your own student? YES It is my job to be an advocate for my child, and if I have insider knowledge about some teachers, I intend to use it. NO Even though I have my own opinions, my student has to make his own. Let the chips fall as they may. Comment below, and thanks for participating!