MOMS and dads: teachers “in loco parentis”

On Mother’s Day it seems right to celebrate all MOMS – biological, adoptive, guardians, step-mothers, grandmothers, etc.

Since the vast majority of teachers are women, and since all teachers are, by law, “in loco parentis” (Latin – meaning “in place of the parent.”), please celebrate all the wonderful MOMS who  nurtured and taught you every year of your childhood.


As a male teacher who is now retired, on Mother’s Day I gladly refer to them as MOMS while designating myself as one of the (lower case) dads. It was delightful to be surrounded by all of those wonderful women who willingly took on MOM responsibility and privilege by being “in loco parentis” to all of our kids.

Yes, every year we had more and more kids – our kids. Career teachers have a right to call them our kids. After years of teaching, we MOMS and dads were struck by the awesome awareness that all children are our children.

On Mother’s Day and every day, please celebrate all MOMS. They love you and remember you as their little darlings who were as different as snowflakes and as uniquely human as human can be.



About Ken Previti
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