chapter  6
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The Professional School Counselor’s Role: Consulting With Teachers, Parents, and Other Support Personnel

As society has become more complex and demanding, [partnerships between schools and families] have all too often fallen by the wayside. Neither educators nor parents have enough time to get to know one another and establish working relationships on behalf of children. In many communities, parents are discouraged from spending time in classrooms and educators are expected to consult with family members only when a child is in trouble. The result, in too many cases, is misunderstanding, mistrust, and a lack of respect, so that when a child falls behind, teachers blame the parents and parents blame the teachers.