Teachers versus Parents? Well hardly! Many teachers are parents. Many parents are teachers. Parents and teachers are the most natural of allies.When Jesus was twelve years old, Mary and Joseph lost track of Jesus and were glad to find him with teachers in the temple. The story models for us the mutual concern that parents and teachers have for their child/student. When mothers and fathers entrust their girls and boys to teachers, they do so with confidence in the professional competency, integrity and motivation of the teachers. When teachers, at the end of class, send their pupils/learners/students home, they do so believing that the children will be welcomed by loving and caring parents. Parent-teacher Associations and parent/teacher conferences encourage and facilitate active co-operation and mutual concern as they work together for the well being of the children. Teachers versus parents? Certainly not! It’s more like “Teachers with Parents” or “Parents plus teachers”. O LORD JESUS CHRIST, Grant to those who teach and those who learn, a right understanding of thy Holy Word, and a readiness to do thy blessed will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. HEAVENLY FATHER, Bless, we beseech thee, all children and give to their parents and all who care for them the spirit of wisdom and love. Grant that their homes be filled with righteousness, joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.