The parents’ disposition when she made mention of the ambiguous and sometimes derogatory meaning of the word “disclosure” document, a the teacher emphasized: “o make sure you understand how my classroom will be run, Ihave written a disclosure document and made a copy for all of you”. Te meaning and impact of the term “disclosure” is a bit heavy for under- and uneducated parents and a more simple term should have been used instead like the terms: cassroom guidelines, hmeroom house rules, o even general school guidelines. I thanking the “translators” at the start of the speech, secifically mentioning: “ also want to thank the translators who are here to help us”, te teacher showed insensitivity to parents, prticularly those who would question the need for “translators” for such a simple Teacher-Parent orientation.
Sme parents may have felt embarrassed for exposing their need for a translator. Aso, mking mention of the school web site and the use of e-mail is also a form of insensitivity to the intellectual and financial capacity of parents. Snce majority is urban teacher should have expected that their direct access and knowledge to the internet is quite limited.
Athough Mendoza (2003) mentioned that internet access have now become more common among low-income families, te educational background of the parents should have also been assessed prior to the meeting through home visitations. Rasons for low parent visibility during parent-teacher conferences, prticularly due to intellectual and financial insecurity, mst be taken into careful consideration in future school programs and activities. Frthermore, te teacher should have also considered the fact that some parents have disabilities that cannot be remedied by the provision of a disclosure document or the use of the internet.
Te teacher should also have dealt with individuals (through one-on-one interviews), ad not group of parents, dring or even after the orientation if possible. Gven the aforementioned facts, tese could still be remedied in the form of providing background information data sheets or questionnaires, wth the translators helping them in filling out the forms. Te forms should specifically emphasize the educational background and special learning abilities/disabilities of the parents. because most the parents may be assumed to not have finished even high school, te use of more simpler. ..
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