Now that two of my daughters are currently in school, the number of letters that come home from their school has doubled. Most of the time these letters deal with routine school news and activities, but once in a while we get something that just makes us angry, like telling us what our children should be eating.
I do subscribe to the view that it takes a village to raise a child, but there comes a point where the rest of the village just needs to back off and let us as parents, parent in our own ways. The question is, "where do we draw the line?"
It isn't a hard concept: teachers are there to teach, and parents are there to parent. Sure there is crossover into both aspects, but both parties need to know when to butt out. A school is Portugal took it several steps too far when it posted a sheet all around their campus outlining the "responsibilities of a parent in raising well behaved children."
While their intentions may have been well meaning, the school overstepped its authority as educators, and parents were justifiably pissed off.