Apparently Ron Clark is an "awesome" teacher according to Disney and Oprah, but the whining in this article really sets my teeth on edge. I'd much rather see solutions for teachers about how to work with today's parents, not complaints that today's parents are failing at their jobs. At the very least, don't be so insulting.
Internal locus of control. Come on, that's first year teacher stuff.
Ah what the heck, I'll provide some advice. Here's a list of ways to work with parents.
Document: Keep objective tallies of incidents in class. Disruptions, not turning homeworking in, off-task.
Report: Report what you saw and how it affected the child's learning.
Communication: Come in early with phone calls home about positive interactions with the child and build trust with parents.
Student Contact: Get the child to accept responsibility for their actions. Don't let the child hedge and say, "He fell into me." Help the child take responsibility for his/her actions by saying, "I bumped Joe."
Grades: Be able to clearly articulate and justify your grading. Penalizing a grade for behaviors like late work doesn't reflect what the child knows.
Open class: Invite a parent and principal or counselor into your classroom to observe behavior.
FERPA: You need to be able to explain to parents that you can discuss what their child did and what their consequence will be, but privacy laws prevent you from discussing consequences for other students.
Team: You're not alone as an educator. You have your fellow teachers, counselors and principal. Get help from them.
Defensiveness: If you're feeling defensive, you might need to reexamine your own classroom behaviors.