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So I have three kids. And they each have seven courses in their school schedules. And each teacher has emailed me a "welcome to the new school year!" email, a "please read the syllabus and electronically sign HERE" email, and now I'm getting a flood of "what a terrific week we've had!" emails.

FROM TWENTY-ONE TEACHERS. Sixty-three! Sixty-three emails from their schools this week! And there is an automated phone call that comes from them weekly, too, from the principals. JFC. [ETA] I even get them from the P.E. teacher at the middle school. WHY DO I NEED UPDATES ON THIS. Trick question! I don't.

Remember when we were kids (people of my age) and parents didn't give a shit unless it was parent-teacher night? Wait, that was probably just my parents. I might be the only person you know of that had to forge signatures on their report card because my mother couldn't be bothered to sign. (And they were As!)

(And I would like to remind you that my mother also wore her wedding dress to my wedding. That story never gets old, man.)



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Aug. 30th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
We only have one kid and we get so many automated phone calls it's almost obscene. It's sooooo annoying.
Aug. 30th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
I know not to answer the phone come 6 PM. Fool me once, school, shame on you. Fool me for the ninetieth time? Shame on me.

I haaaaaaaaaaates it, Precious.
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Aug. 30th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Good god, man! I'm only 25, and I didn't have to deal with teachers emailing syllabi until junior year of uni.

Even now, in my vet tech program, I only have ONE class and I'm being emailed twice a week on lecture notes. They even contacted my boss to ask about his "goals" for me. Just.... Whatever happened to basic human contact? </p>

Even then, why do they feel the need to email you about how the week is going? That's what back to school night is for.

Aug. 30th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
WOW. They contacted your boss? That's super intense. O_O *rubs your shoulders*

Oh, there are a lot of professional mommies in my town. They're rich, they have nothing else to do but chirp and chatter and bring food and glitter to every damn thing. I am not one of them. *hides*
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Aug. 30th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
(And I would like to remind you that my mother also wore her wedding dress to my wedding. That story never gets old, man.)

Wait, what?? I don't believe I know this story. Also, that's a LOT OF DAMN EMAILS!!!! Holy shit!! Drink for me!!
Aug. 30th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I've told that story so many times... That's basically it. She wore her wedding dress (pfft, it was from her third wedding so what's the big deal?) to my wedding.

Bottoms up!
Aug. 30th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh my gooooood noooooo! That's terrible.

And my parents couldn't even be bothered with parent/teacher night, so I feel you. ;)
Aug. 30th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
My kids and I talk about their coursework EVERY SINGLE DAY. I just don't need even more involvement to tell me what I already know. (They bring me their tests, etc.) Ugh, it's so annoying.
Aug. 31st, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
My parents didnt care mostly. My mom wanted to know who the teachers were, out of curiosity and to help me get the bonus points if they showed up.
Aug. 31st, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Oooh, I like that there were bonus points if parents showed up! WHY DON'T MY KIDS' TEACHERS DO THAT?! Harumph!

Aug. 31st, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)

Bring on the drinking, baby! I would raise a gin & tonic to you, but I had too many of those last night.
Aug. 31st, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
OMG, I just snorted a cracker up my soft palate and it's your fault for making me laugh. Heeeeeeeeeeee.

Mmm, gin and tonic! (Do you ever put lime and ginger in that? Oooooh, so good!) I'm drinking a glass of red tonight - new to me wine, so I'll be sure to post the label for you later! <3 <3 <3
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Aug. 31st, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
Honestly, I have to applaud them for trying to keep disinterested parents actively in the loop whether they like it or not, but there ought to be some sort of opt-out system. Like a test! Accurately name six teachers each child has plus the locations of their school bags and so forth and you get a free pass from all of the annoyance!
Sep. 3rd, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I would totally take a test to opt out. I am involved, guys, I swear!!

Ahahaha, your sample test made me snort very loudly.
Aug. 31st, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)

That's crazy. Way crazier than our school. We used to get a lot of those automated calls, but they were to tell us that cindergirl was tardy again, LOL. (NOT ACTUALLY FUNNY) And I don't get any teacher emails. I have had three different meetings this week, though. And school hasn't even started yet.

*toasts you with my non-oaked Chardonnay*
Aug. 31st, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Welcome to the intrusive village that has been constructed to raise your children.

My parents showed up to parent/teacher night high. It was an aces evening all around.
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Aug. 31st, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
Both my parents are grade-school teachers, and there are things like this (like the emails, and a classroom newsletter on the school's website). My sis-in-law is a secondary teacher, but I don't think she is required to do the electronic communication thing? She's also in a smaller school district that doesn't expect every family to have regular access to technology.

And yeah, out of everything that should be used to judge teachers this one has *numbers* and can be *tracked* so they would probably get in trouble if they refused to send them.

But yeah, my parents were involved in my school years privately and at home. Basically my parents saw my teachers as their peers. Coming to parent-teacher conferences meant catching up with friends/acquaintances.
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Aug. 31st, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm drunk right now!
Aug. 31st, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)

I wonder if the school(s) would be open to the suggestion that an email digest with the combined info from the teachers of each child be created so that for each child you get one or two emails a week instead of this ridiculous onslaught. There is a balance to be found so that you get good information and communication with the school and they with you--but not such an overwhelming amount that you take one look at your inbox and delete them unopened out of despair. Parents are busy people nowadays with a zillion work related emails so if schools want response it is in their best interest not to overtax parents and thus discourage them from participating.
Aug. 31st, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
That's completely batshit.

When Aaron was in middle school we used to get regular calls complaing about him. They were doing team teaching at the time, so it would be the entire team that you'd get to meet with. And they would say the exact say thing every time -

Aaron is disruptive (he tends to walk when he talks), calls out in class, is doing something other than what he's supposed to do


he's so bright that he'll be fine and we shouldn't worry.

I never know what I was supposed to get out of these sessions. I already knew my kid was immature; at that point, he was 18 months younger than everyone else. So I would nod my head, go home and tell Aaron to please try to still still so he wouldn't bother the other kids.

63 e-mails is way, way excessive. First off, if one of them actually was important, I can pretty much guarantee it would slip through the cracks. And what could they possibly have to write about every single week?
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Sep. 3rd, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHHA, Oh, my Anne-Girl, how I love that you picked up on the aspect that really bugs me the most: SO. INEFFICIENT. I mean, they must have computer science teachers that could code up a better system, right!?

We finally got all of the registration stuff online this year and I could have wept with joy. You only had to make changes, not input everything, if you'd been in the district. OH I WAS SO HAPPY.
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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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