There's a (hoax alert) story about a school, this time in Australia that has the teachers hopping mad. It appears that the parents are insenced that their little darlings are being failed even though they skip classes or do not do assignments. This little gem has been around for a while and obviously not true. Its still very funny and I wish I could have done this at some of the schools where I have tought.
Message goes like this:
Hello! You have reached the automated answering service for [your school]. Please listen to all your options before making a selection:
To lie about why your child is absent, press 1.
To make excuses for why your child did not do his work, press 2.
To complain about how we do things, press 3.
To swear at staff members, press 4.
To ask why you didn’t get information that was actually enclosed in our newsletter and sent home with the student, press 5.
If you want us to raise your child, press 6.
If you want to reach out and slap someone, press 7.
To request another teacher for the third time this year, press 8.
To gripe about bus transportation, press 9.
To complain about school lunches, press 0.
But if you realize that your child is accountable and responsible for his or her own behavior, class work, and homework—and that your child’s lack of effort and achievement is not the teacher’s fault—please hang up now and have a nice day!