To connect the dentist and the teacher, the reference would really have to be to whether the dentist successfully fills the cavity sufficiently for the person to continue as before. The teacher is not responsible for what arrives in his or her classroom at the beginnning of the year but any good teacher would definitely feel some responsibility for the achievement (or lack thereof) at the end of ther school year when those same students leave the classroom.
Thank you #9 for your insighful words. I will be applying the same in my environment.
There are two important aspects for me regarding who is responsible
Parents must accept their role in their children's upbringing but as one of the previous contributors pointed out, there seems to be no accountability. By sending their children to school, some parents think they have fulfilled their obligations and the rest is up to the school.
Criticizing teachers is the norm and when parents criticize, the children then have an outlet and do not need to accept responsibility. Just blame the teacher instead of looking for the underlying cause.
This is why communication is so crucial. there is a distinct breakdown in communication as students do not tell parents when teachers want to see them or parents get too busy and forget to keep appointments, hoping the problem will resolve itself.
It's also not so trendy to get involved in school anymore. More and more students are being subjected to and submitting to negative outside influences.
Surrounded by many anti- intellectual trends of American culture, the professor is further limited by the impossibility of measuring the really important effects one hopes to have on students.
That's why parents need to make a stand and HELP the teachers in the pursuit of excellence for their children.