2 thoughts on “How the Prejudices of Schoolteachers Can Harm the Children of Single Parents

  • July 6, 2019 at 10:29 am

    As a single parent by choice who is also a teacher, I have heard many of my colleagues explain the reasons why a student is having difficulty as “s/he has a single mother.” Even when I pipe in, remind them that I am the single mother of a teen who is succeeding on multiple levels (yes, I brag), they still just brush me off. I also find that very few colleagues and parents can remember my title is Miss not Mrs. On the flip side, I have had quite a few conferences with single parents who show obvious relief when they find out I’m a single parent too. They often voice that relief by saying things like, “I feel so much better.” Educators, in general, have a long way to go, just as society does, in seeing all the different shapes and sizes of families as valuable and realizing that love, stability, and commitment are what truly matter to a child.

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    • July 6, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks for sharing your stories. Very interesting. And you are so right about what matters to kids. (I know that from the research, not my own personal experience.)

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