Whether warranted or not, a teen who dislikes a teacher feels that emotion. As his parent, it’s your job to sort of whether or not there is a real problem. You also need to help your teen learn to deal with the situation so it doesn’t escalate or ruin his school year.
Sit Down and Talk
First things first: you need to go beyond the fact that your teen doesn’t like the teacher to figure out why. If he says he just doesn’t like the teacher, ask for specific things the teacher does that he doesn’t like. Does the teacher give too much homework? Is the class difficult to follow? Does the teacher not offer help when a student struggles? Does the teacher pick on your child or single him out? You need to know what you’re dealing with before you can help your child deal with the situation.
This is a good time to help your teen learn how to deal with difficult people. He won’t always get to work with or be around his best friends or even people that he likes. In some cases, you might be able to help him resolve the problem. If he feels overwhelmed with the workload, you might help him get on a regular study schedule so he has enough time to devote to the class. If it’s still difficult, he might need a tutor.
You might also suggest that your teen meet with the teacher to discuss his concerns. Ask him if he would like you at the meeting. Some teens want to handle problems on their own, while others want a parent there for support.
Contact the School
If you feel your child has a legitimate complaint and is being treated unfairly, address the issue with the teacher. But don’t go in guns blazing. Let the teacher know you want to discuss the situation. Let him know what your child has told you and ask him for his take on the situation. You may be able to come up with a solution to the problem together. For example, you might find out your child isn’t turning in assignments on time. Work with the teacher to help increase the amount of assignments turned in on time.
If the teacher blows off your concerns or fails to work with you, a call to the principal’s office might be in order. Decide if the situation is severe enough to get an administrator involved. Schedule a meeting with the principal so you have enough time to sit down and discuss the situation. Present facts rather than basing the discussion on pure emotion. Work with the administrators to come up with a solution to the problem.