What can you do when your child comes back from school with tears in her eyes or her heart because of an incompetent teacher? Three examples to illustrate:
- she told her class that humans can hear radio waves. Without a radio! She teaches physics in high school.
- On another occasion she said that if the moon was not around the earth, it would not have a great influence on ocean tides because the sun was also responsible for ocean tides on the earth.
- She often has to stop her explanations in class because she is confused herself about what she is teaching. The correction of her exams and labs changes from one copy to the other and she rarely accepts to make corrections. There are mistakes or missing elements in the questions of her exams. On three occasions she did not try the lab herself before the class and, therefore, could hardly explain it. She forgets regularly to check the material for the labs. The list goes on, growing since September.
I am a parent, but also a retired teacher. The only bright light: my daughter has 11 weeks to go before being liberated from high school. She is one of the best students of her school, so you can imagine the other students.
What can we do and say, as parents, when this happens?