For example, at a parent-teacher meeting, the parent expresses the strong opinion that teachers are overpaid. Not only is this not a child-related problem, but the attempt to argue that the parents` opinion is wrong will only degenerate the discussion. It may seem to you, as a teacher, that you have little control over whether a disagreement becomes a “waste of time argument,” but that`s not true. By refusing to directly engage the parent on an issue that is not relevant to the child and is often something that neither you nor the parents can do anything about, you can exercise control over how the conversation unfolds. Don`t get caught up in irrelevant arguments and remember that arguments simply don`t change the mind of one of the parties. (see teachers have to choose their fights with parents) In our society, we often confuse disagreements and arguments, but it`s not the same thing…

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