I once turned up at my daughter's primary school brimming with indignation and wearing what can only be described as warpaint. That morning I had run out of blusher and had drawn two big red stripes on my cheeks with lipstick. In my rush to get to school and berate the teacher I had unfortunately forgotten to blend these in. Fortunately for her, I did not whoop and holler as I made my complaint and she patiently listened to my concerns without once mentioning my unusual maquillage.
Most parents, however, are not so helpful in alerting teachers to signs of imminent trouble and can descend upon the school in full fury and with frightening consequences. "Twice in my 30-year teaching career, parents have threatened to beat me up. That may not be such a bad ratio," writes school leader Geoff Barton in our feature on challenging parents.
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