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In the case study Whats So Bad About Parties the teacher Dawn has placed herself in a very awkward position By going against Darryls parental wishes Dawn is now faced with the fact that she dishonored one key thing families hold dear to them their identity Is it right for a teacher to go against the wishes that her students families place before her Can there be a meeting point where both parties agree to one solution or another to ensure the best outcome for a childI agree with Dawn when she says that when your child comes to school that there needs to be compromise however a professional educator should never ask a parent to compromise when it comes to their culture and identity Compromise is only necessary when a situation puts a childs learning and development is in jeopardy For example a parent may need to compromise when the teacher suggests tutoring for their child who is developmentally behind In the case of Darryl his mother should not have to compromise I feel it is our duty as educators to be flexible and sensitive to the religious backgrounds of students such as Darryl Even if we as teachers do not hold the same viewpoints as one of our students families we should not take it amongst ourselves to devalue those viewpoints and do as we please for our own convenienceDawn stated in the case study that she felt as though the parents were trying to convert her by continuously giving her pamphlets about their Jehovah Witness background If this was the case how should the mother feel Darryls mother walks in the classroom where a birthday party is taking place No big deal But to see her child being attentive to the party after she has deliberately given Dawn instructions to do otherwise may have made her furious If I was Darryls mother I would definitely not be elated to see the activity
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