In one of my online groups to which I belong, a member had posted a photograph of a book, as well as a personal line about “poisoned parents.”
The post read:
“Directors, I truly am not a bookworm, but if you’ve ever been the director of a program where parents/students have sabotaged your leadership, then you MUST read this book. I so wished I had read this prior to my last teaching assignment…4 years of hell that truly rocked me to the core of my educational beliefs. It’s filled with strategies to arm the teacher especially in a school where there is poor administrative leadership skills.”
Since high school, I’ve been privy to observe what the above author mentioned.
In the past few years, I watched the characterization of an area high school ensemble disintegrate into a circus of drama, vengeance, and bullying.
The children of these parents were apples that had not even yet fallen from the tree. It’s been difficult to determine who has been the worst: the parents, or the children.
Many parents isolated themselves because they did not want to get sucked into that inner circle. Others finally gave in when they discovered their children would not be afforded more prominent positions in the ensemble.
Several of my director friends have dissolved they’re toxic parent boosters. They were smart.
There is no reason any educator, or director, should be forced to work with poisoned parents. It’s not healthy.