GUEST COLUMN: Back-to-school required reading


Once upon a time, 40 years ago when I began my teaching career as a band director:

Parents made their children behave. No more.

Parents would tell me at conferences that if they (their children) got in trouble at school they would be in “double trouble” at home. No more.

Parents would verify what their children were telling them at home with the teacher. No more.

Parents would “thank” the teacher for disciplining their children.

No more.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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