Parent teacher conferences are events that allow parents and teachers to get together and discuss what is happening in terms of the educational opportunities and the general performance of children in the school environment. At these meetings, teachers have the opportunity to interact with parents and discuss issues that are relevant to their children. Parents in turn get to develop a better understanding of the environment in which the children are learning and the opportunities that are provided by the teacher and the local school administration. Unless you attend those meetings, chances are you are missing out on ways to help your child get the most from the school experience.
Along with keeping the lines of communication open, parent teacher conferences also pave the way for dealing with any behavioral issues that may be occurring with a particular child. The parents and the teachers can discuss those issues and hopefully come to some sort of consensus on how to manage those issues in a way that is in the best interests of the child. Unless the parents are actively engaged with the teacher in these discussions, the child is the one who ultimately suffers and does not get the most from the learning opportunities.
Attending this type of conference can be an eye opener for many parents. They get to see how things are done in the classroom today versus how they were done when they were in school. The parents can also get a better idea of the challenges that teachers face today and identify ways to support the teacher in his or her efforts to prepare young people for becoming responsible adults.