I have a colleague who is hell bent on teaching his/her own kids. This colleague specifically requests admin to be able to teach the classes that the colleague’s kids are in and admin agree! The colleague follows them up to the grade level the kids progress to year after year. The colleague gives her/his kids’ assessments to independent markers (teachers in other classes) for grading, to prevent any perceived impropriety and to make it seem that the A grades received by the kids was fairly given. I have issues with this. Firstly, the colleague doesn’t always accept the grade given by the independent marker. I know I’ve given the kids a B grade for an assessment but somehow the kids have received straight As for all last year and won an award for the subject because of those straight As. Secondly, our end of year report grades are based on assessments yes, but also formative in class work, which only the colleague is there to observe and grade. Thirdly, as the colleague is the class teacher of the class, the colleague writes his/her kids’ reports and comments. Fourthly, whatever year level his/her kids are in, the colleague pushes and pushes for less assessments and simpler assessments. The colleague doesn’t do this for year levels his/her kids are not in. This is highly unethical in my opinion. But because this colleague can kick up a hornets nest, the colleague gets a lot of what the colleague wants. I want to give my colleague the benefit of the doubt and say a teacher can be truly 100% impartial but can anyone truly be, especially with a mama/papa bear and her/his children?