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Best Answering Message

August 28, 2008

Got this from a friend. I thought it was great! It is a message that the Pacific Palisades High School California staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.

Below is this message. It came about because the school implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children’s absences and missing homework. But the school and teachers were being sued by parents who want their children’ s failing grades changed to passing grades – even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough school work to pass their classes.

The outgoing message:

Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the options beforemaking a selection:

To lie about why your child is absent – Press 1

To make excuses for why your child did not do his work – Press 2

To complain about what we do – Press 3

To swear at staff members – Press 4

To ask why you didn’t get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyer’s mailed to you – Press 5

If you want us to raise your child – Press 6

If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone – Press 7

To request another teacher, for the third time this year – Press 8

To complain about bus transportation – Press 9

To complain about school lunches – Press 0

If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework and that it’s not the teachers’ fault for your child’s lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!

If you want this in Spanish, move to a country that speaks it!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan Burnett-McKeown permalink
    September 6, 2008 05:46

    I read the text of the answering machine message with amusement, whilst acknowledging that much of what the message hints at is, unfortunately, so true these days.

    Sadly, many parents do seem to want to delegate their parental and child care responsibilities to the educational system. They not only want the schools to educate their children, but also to teach them values and good manners/behaviour, to act as child minders, and in some cases to feed them as well. We often we hear stories of children being sent to school without breakfast, or without a lunch. It seems that if there is some problem with the child, the parents believe it is of the school’s making, and nothing to do with themselves. Many parents expect their children to excel academically, but conveniently forget that they themselves may not have been Einsteins when they were at school.

    Raising children properly, and educating them, requires a great deal of time and effort. I often wonder why people bother having children at all, if they are not prepared to invest the necessary time and effort. Academic education is not the sole domain of schools. The school system can only do so much. Students who excel academically are likely to be those who receive good support, encouragement, and supervision at home from their parents and families. Those whose parents leave everything up to the school system alone, are likely to come out second best.

  2. Ann Holbrook permalink
    August 29, 2008 19:42

    Loved it. I truly believe that as a parent you need to be involved in their lives. We can not give this responsibility to others not with school, church or anything else. It is up to us to guide, help and love our children so they can reach their full and best potential.

    So lets go and take an active part in their lives :o)

  3. Belle permalink
    August 29, 2008 11:32

    This is just GREAT!!
    And the best of all…it’s so true. I hope a lot of people will read this, and think about it!
    And Monday, when school starts, I will pass the princapals office with a BIG SMILE 🙂 Promissed! 😉

  4. Hilary Levine permalink
    August 28, 2008 22:45

    OH yeah right like that is going to be said at a school near BH…. interesting though!!
    Hil

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