I am glad that the author has raised this question. The world is changed, it is no longer a quiet child or parent listening to what has been told by the teacher. Today in many places the PTM is hijacked by a few number crunching parents who firmly believe in the notion that 'we have paid a huge sum to the school and we have to extract every penny worth from the school.'
First on the agenda is why has my son/daughter scored less than the friends or the student who does not study at all. Our child has scored 99% in all the intuitions that we send them to.They express their views that paper correction is not uniform, child is not been given individual attention etc.
Then comes, can we see the answer papers?, once they see they are happy to point out the areas where the marking is less and start arguing. I have seen a set of parents going up to the principal and getting 4 extra marks so that their child's name (year 2) could come second on the list, this was done with complete disregard to the group of other parents waiting for their turn to speak to the distraught teacher. What was worse is nobody imagined the plight of the child who's name is already in the young achievers noticeboard.
Next is the list of complaints, that the teachers are rude, they have not put their initials on one or two pages, the maths teacher did not give us the mobile number so that we couldn't include it in the parents what's app group.
If the teacher is still quiet and people behind them do not make a noise, the parents move on to the projects. My cousin's child goes to school X, wherein they give wonderful details projects ( truth - projects are practically done by adults) and have a separate day to display the project and they have taken pictures. That school has displayed the children's drawings, charts so beautifully, but in your school nothing is done, you just take money and not understand us.
So, the poor teacher is so helpless, that she would just smile and pray to God.