I have an excellent relationship with the parents in my class and this year they all seem to really understand the amount of time I dedicate to their children which feels good. I teach in MA which regularly ranks among the best states for k-12 education, in an urban school that ranks in the top 20 elementary schools in the state so I feel the children in my district have the opportunity for an excellent education that parents can really get behind and my class parents definitely do. However, I recently discovered a parent blog through facebook that seems to be dedicated to shaming public school teachers and putting charter schools on a pedestal. I get that other districts may not have the same success as mine so I can understand parent desires for an alternative to their district schools, but then I realized this blog was run by a parent living in my district. Her children don't attend my school but nonetheless she makes the public school system out to be failing students and adding to the achievement gap while focusing on making a comfy situation for teachers or union thugs. It bothers me for so many reasons. One being that our district offers choice with our K-8 schools instead of assigning a neighborhood school. She could have chosen my school, but instead picked a school that ranks lower (but has all the modern luxuries). The second thing that bothers me is that she seems to think public and charter school teachers are completely different people with different motives and morals even though we all got the same education and show the same dedication to our students. But because the charter schools don't have unions, their teachers are pure intentioned in her eyes (though the charters I'm familiar with mostly have teachers straight out of college with little experience who end up moving to a public school position in later years). At first I thought, okay she's just one of those people who think they know education better than educators. Brush it off. But I'm having a hard time doing that knowing she has quite a following so it's not just her. She gets mixed reviews on her posts but a lot of parents eat it up. So it begs me to wonder, if the education system in my area is so broken as this woman believes, what could we as educators do to possibly ever satisfy parents like her? My school has 98, 97 and 92% proficiency in ELA, math, and science. So after this long novel I'm wondering, how do you deal with public opinion of teachers by so many people who never seem to be satisfied? How do you stop it from bothering you?