Parents have become a central focus in the push to stop “teacher burnout”, the widespread feeling among parents that their children are less intelligent, less capable of learning and that their teachers are not as good as their parents.
This is largely due to a growing body of evidence that children are being mistreated by teachers, with some children failing to perform well on assessments and failing to progress to a more advanced level.
Some parents have also become convinced that their kids are being taught in a biased and unfair way, with teachers being seen as having special abilities and talents that are not available to other children.
The controversy is not limited to parents.
In an attempt to get the issue back on track, parents are increasingly coming forward with their own personal experiences of burnout.
A survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that one in three parents say they have experienced burnout during their careers.
And research suggests that teachers are the most likely people in Australia to have experienced workplace burnout, with one in five adults reporting having experienced burnouts in the workplace.
But what can parents do to help protect themselves and their kids from teacher burnout?
Here are some suggestions that might help parents avoid burnout and help to prevent it: