Bebe Nicholson and Louise Foerster I am with both of you 100%. Our district allows parents to request teachers. Some parents switched teachers and classrooms to get the “better” teacher or keep their children with certain friends.
We never did — told our son he was going to have to learn to get along in any environment. Sometimes trying to control life creates more problems than it is worth. In fifth grade he was assigned the “mean” teacher. To this day he believes that teacher taught him more than several others combined.
Letting them find their own way takes restraint, but the lessons they learn will be invaluable.