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Posted on 05/28/2012 12:21:40 PM PDT by Malacoda
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Wow, that made me chuckle as I shook my head in disbelief.
Help a FReeper out. I have a student who has consistently maintained a very low F in my class and is a consistent behavior problem. So far, this is what I've done to try to 'find out the problem and help the kid resolve it.' I'm actually looking at my contact log now as I type this.
Phone home - 42 times
Letter home - 15 times
Email to both home and work - 72 times
Letter home - 8 times
"Please see me for a conference" checked on the report card and interim - 7 times - along with an F on the report
Last Friday, my principal calls me into the office because the mother is FURIOUS the child failed his reading SOL and demanded that the principal reprimand me, fire me, make me give him free tutoring during the summer. So, I went back to my room, pulled out my contact log and showed the mom and the principal both the notes and the printed out emails and letters.
The answer from the mom? I didn't do enough to let her know there was a problem.
How much would have been enough? I'm not sure, but when you consider there are 180 days in the school year and I've attempted to contact her OVER 140 times, I'm sort of at a loss.
Any advice? I'm open to listening to the wisdom of the collective
I pinged you out of courtesy, as you were pinged to the post to which I was responding.
Obviously I hit a sore spot, as you made no reference to the content of my post.
I was referring to a child showing her work folder in this story who is eight years old and has a mother who is engaged enough to notice and care about the bullying at school. I think you can work with a normal child at 8 to give them coaching to help them do better. The kid’s work was very neat. Being a teacher, hopefully you don’t look at every child who needs a boost as a waste of time.
There are hopeless cases. Sounds like you have one and that is why I could not stand herd classrooms where you have no power to expel students who don’t want to be there and waste your time. How old is the child you are dealing with?
Any advice? I’m open to listening to the wisdom of the collective
Professional offices in the private sector ( architects, lawyers, CPA, doctors of all sorts) are completely free to say, “ We are not a good fit. We recommend this firm /office.” Amazingly, in the free market of private professionals there are people who are not only skilled in handling the most difficult problems but these problems are **welcome” and eagerly accepted.
So....When a person **willingly** chooses to work for a socialist-entitlement program that government functionary must accept all the problems associated with socialism. If the government school functionary chooses to continue in this line of work, then he must accept that parents and kids will not be held accountable. They should not whine about how hard their job is. They should have done due diligence before starting down the road in preparing for that socialist-collectivist job.
In the government socialist school collective the parent has the First Amendment Right not to respond to government functionary’s efforts in contacting her. The parent has the First Amendment Right to be angry and demand collectivist worker’s dismissal and since ( by law) the child is under police threat to be in the school, some poor government employee is stuck with the child and his parent without having the means to dish out consequences to either the parent and the child.
I will give two examples:
A general practice physician fired me from his practice because I refused to have a sonogram after a questionable mammogram. I had a good reason for refusal, but he also had every right to fire me.
Please notice the summer camp advertisements in the New York Times Sunday edition. There are camps for **every** child regardless of interest or disability, and there are even camps/schools for children who are defiant. In the private sector workers do not see these children as a burden ( in contrast to workers in our collectivist-socialist K-12 school). They are **welcomed** by staff who are well experienced in handling these challenges.
Solution: Complete separation of school and state.
As far as 'herd' classrooms, not so much in this case. I teach students with reading disabilities and he is one of 5 in that class.
I was just thrilled that I had a CYA in place. Not a big fan of the 'gotcha' move from parents - and learned years ago to expect it and to protect against it. Ah well, next year is another year and he and I will be together again. Maybe I figure it out with another 180 go.
My sister is a special ed teacher, too. :)
I homeschooled my youngest for some years because he was not learning to read. My sister pushed on me to do it so we could get him on the right track early. He was not thriving, mentally, in the herd. To be exact, he was thriving way too much, socially!
My purpose in posting was to illustrate that things aren't always as they seem. If someone had talked to the parent of my student, they would have a picture of a teacher that made NO effort to get in touch with her about a problem, when in fact I've made almost daily efforts. The truth is often somewhere in the middle :)
The UK Mail should get an award for being ‘America’s Best Newspaper’...the ones on this side of the pond are beyond worthless.
That is true.
And it is always inappropriate for teachers to act as bullies, ridiculing and harassing children in front of their peers to the extent this teacher did. I would never do that to a child of eight. It’s like using a sledge hammer on a nail.
We are also seeing a lot of cases of teachers bullying children who do not buckle under political correctness dictates. Adult bullies of children always make me want to play wack a mole.
We had a large coven of activist lesbians teaching in our sons’ high school and they specialized in harassment and bullying born of jealously and hatred for atheletic boys. It was unbeleiveable the harassment scheme they had devised and organized against targeted boys. But in the end, the parents compared notes and files and one of them was a lawyer (actually two lawyers were involved and one took the lead)... Talk about butthurt. :)
Amen. When I was a kid in the late 50's; I used to marvel at the ads in science magazines; showing the American people zooming around the skies in flying cars or personal rocket packs by 1975. Here we are in 2012, and all we have to show for ourselves is a Toyota Prius???
LOLOL at 'public educators', who have crushed the creativity and imagination of American children. Blackberries?
39,000 comments most of them (over 90%) agree with the teacher.