I chaperoned my son's first field trip today and we had a great time. The kids were really well behaved, but their parents really weren't.
We went to a pioneer settlement. We rotated from station to station doing a variety of activities. The kids followed directions and listen very well for a bunch of four year olds.
But their parents... that's a whole other story. They talked during the presentations. They ignored the teacher's directions to line up or stop activities when it was time to change. I felt so badly for the teacher since I'm usually the one in her shoes. It really sucks to give your students directions only to watch their parents tell them to do something different.
I don't think they are nasty rude people in general. I just think they figure it's a field trip and it's not a big deal if they want to get a couple of extra pictures or talk during a presentation. But it makes things a lot more difficult for the teacher.
Have you noticed this kind of behavior at school functions?