Thursday, August 28, 2008

Reluctant Disciplinarian - Phone Call Parent


A phone call to the student's parents is a common threat used. It is ineffective for any or all of the following eight reasons:

1. The student doesn't care.
2. The student likes to pretend that he doesn't care.
3. The student's parents do not have a phone.
4. The student's parents have phone, but the student does not live with his parents.
5. The student's parents have phone, the student lives with parents, but the number he gives on his information card is actually the number for Blockbuster Video.
6. The student's parents have phone, the student lives with parents, and the given number is correct. However, when called, the student would intercept the phone and tell the teacher that his parents are not home.
7. The student's parents have phone, the student lives with parents, and the given number is correct. However, when called, the student puts his older cousin on the phone to imitate the parent. If the student has a deep enough voice, he might even do the impersonation himself.
8. The student's parents have phone, the student lives with parents, the given number is correct, and his parent answered the phone. However, the parent will not want to do anything to help, despite the call.

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