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Saturday, April 03, 2004

I'm still trying to figure this one out

How does a 10 yr old child go an entire marking period without turning in one English free writing assignment?

When exactly does the teacher advise the parents that their child has not been doing an assignment. This is a 10 yr old mind you. Not a HS student.

The school system has something called agenda's. A neat tool if used properly. The child writes in his assignments. The teacher uses it to send notes home. etc. I looked through the entire marking period. Not one note regarding this issue.

We get calls mind you. Short nasty snippy phone calls from one of his teachers. Alex is playing games again she'll say. Alex is not getting you to sign his agenda she will say. Now mind you Alex's best friend is a very good student. His mom is close to us. She says she's never even looked at his agenda let alone signed it. Yet if we go a week without doing this then Alex is playing games.

So Alex came home with an F in English. The note specifically said that he had done one assignment this marking period.

This teacher's communication skills are a joke. This school is a joke. In four years he has had one good teacher. Mind you that is the year that he made honor role. I didn't want to believe it but it's readily apparent at this point that this teacher plays favorites. The kids she likes get breaks. The ones she thinks are "playing games" with her get the hammer.

I should have known we were in for problems when two months into the year, at the open house, I asked her if she had read his tests and files, the ones that we had gone out of our way to have done the previous year. She said no. NO??

I'm not a big believer in coincidence. His 3rd grade teacher and the troublesome 5th grade teacher are best friends. Go figure. Do you think they share notes? I'm guessing yes.

So it's into the school on Monday. I'm going to lay this out at the Principles feet. My opinion of this teacher is that she is one of those types who has seen too many students and too many days. If you know what I mean.
posted by Mike 5:57 PM


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