I've said it before and I'll say it again: teachers are not paid NEARLY enough. Not only are they tasked with educating and disciplining children, but they have to deal with parents. And, oftentimes, parents behave even worse than their kids. Which is why parent-teacher conferences often pose some of the biggest challenges for teachers. And unfortunately, teachers can't give parents detention for their behavior, no matter how much they might deserve it.
1.) From youmaynotrememberme:
Had a parent teacher conference end with the parent yelling that she would "lift [her] leg like a dog and piss all over [the math teacher]."
2.) From summerfest2009:
When I was student teaching I sat in on conferences with my cooperating teacher. One girl showed up to the conferences dressed up nicer than I've ever seen her at school, sat up straight, and was smiling from ear to ear.
It was really awkward when the main teacher told her parents she was reading below grade level, failing math, and had not passed a spelling test this quarter. Had the confidence and presence of a valedictorian, though.