February 5, 2013

Click to another blog if you don’t want to hear me blabber on about school anymore, because that’s what I’m about to do.  I stumbled across this article online a few weeks ago.  I read it and cried.  All you have to do is change the names and you have our story.  This problem is not just our isolated incident, it’s happening all over the country.  As a whole, schools do not care for those children who are struggling.  They are concerned with academics and test scores, making sure they are meeting the goals set by the higher ups.  Kids like Henry….and Gavin, who struggle silently are being left to fend for themselves.  I saw this countless times last year with Gavin’s clueless teacher.  (And for the record, I have heard several more unsettling stories about this particular teacher from other parents so I retract my earlier statement that she just didn’t know how to help Gavin, because now I firmly believe she didn’t give a damn).

I also want to state, for the record, that I have several very good friends who are teachers who truly do care about the kids who are struggling.  I think they would agree with me when I talk about the school system as a whole failing our children.  In no way am I counting out the teachers who truly are trying to make a difference.

Have you seen Waiting for Superman yet? (I think I’ve mentioned this documentary before. It’s available for streaming on Netflix).

If you have school aged kids PLEASE see this.  It makes me thankful we live where we do but things are still SO bad everywhere.  It saddens me deeply and I only see this problem getting worse.

We were also hit with another blow this morning.  Gavin’s new speech therapist (the one who came highly recommended by his last one) is leaving.  Next Tuesday is her last session with Gav.  She promised me she’d find someone else who would be a good fit.  After all this, after all the changes we’ve seen over the past few months, I’m greatly wondering if our time here is done.  I don’t know.  I’m so in the dark right now.  I left a message for Gav’s old therapist (ie:my favorite person who’s ever worked with him).  I’m very interested to see what she has to say.  And in my dreams she’ll tell me that she’s started her own company and will gladly take Gavin on as her first client…………..

6 Responses to “School”

  1. Oh Em! Praying for a right fit for Gavie and that you won’t be too discouraged by this news. Hugs!

  2. elisabeth said

    em, i know you’re not bashing ALL teachers- you say whatever you want here. i trust your opinions and know they’re founded on real (depressing!) experiences you’ve had with education. but from working in the public school system, i KNOW beyond the shadow of a doubt that there are a whole heckuva lot of teachers who should be BANNED from teaching. there are plenty who don’t care. i worked with several teachers who would just “band aid” their high needs kids and never request additional education services for them because they were either lazy or didn’t want their “academic blood” on their hands…as if reporting a student as someone needing extra help is a bad thing to do. and then for those who DO care and who DO give a damn, they have insane demands on their time from the government…and some (like me) have (had in my case) idiots for administrators who won’t allow us to help our students the way they need to be helped. they are anti-flash card, anti rote memorization, anti everything old school that was actually GOOD about old school. sorry, i STILL don’t understand why my principal couldn’t see the direct correlation between our children’s horrendous math calculation scores on itbs and the fact that she insisted our FIFTH GRADERS still be encouraged to draw pictures, count their fingers, use manipulatives, etc. to figure out basic math problems!!! insane i tell you. no, i don’t think rote memorization is the answer to EVERYthing, but there are huge benefits to knowing the basic facts so you can solve the rest of the tough stuff with ease. what i just griped about here is just a sliver of the mess that i saw.

    it is so hard for me to be so passionate about teaching, and to have no sane outlet (read: a school that isn’t just following the current ed. trends) for it other than preschool teaching for lilah. 🙂 i miss teaching (not that i’d go back right now– my kids come first until they’re in school, then i’ll work while they’re away but be home in time for them)…but it really is hard to find a district and/or principals who truly give their teaches the freedom they need to make the best educational choices for their students…and it is really hard to find districts and principals who will stand up to the idiot teachers who need to be let go. when we have so many teachers and not nearly enough jobs, this should not be the case. stepping off my soapbox…sorry, this always gets me so riled up. it is such a huge concern, em.

    you know i’m praying for you. answers will come. so will direction. give it a little time to unfold. (sorry, i know that’s so hard to do…)

  3. elisabeth said

    oh, and i can’t even tell you how many times i had desks and chairs thrown at me from across the room by one student, and the principal would just have him come down to her office, cool down, and come back up. no consequences, no nothing!!! it wasn’t until the end of the year when he was acting up every single class period as opposed to every single day that she gave me free reign to kick some a–. he had to earn his way with good behavior into every single end of the year celebration– the year end sing along, our autograph party with the entire 5th grade (5 classes altogether), our farewell party, the challenge/field day, the 5th grade luncheon, D.A.R.E. graduation, etc., etc. guess what? he was a changed kid because i was FINALLY able to hold him accountable for every single infraction. that principal needs to be canned…

    ok, done. i’m done. i swear, i am stepping away….

  4. Josh said

    I’m sorry, but I think Elisabeth’s comments are longer than your original post, ha! Maybe you should have just texted it to Em a Beth???

    • elisabeth said

      HAR HAR!! yes, i know, wordiness is one of the issues i’m plagued with. 😉 sorry, this is just a topic i’m uber passionate (and readily pissed right alongside you guys) about!

      p.s.– noooooo way a text would’ve held all THAT!

  5. elisabeth said

    hey, watch this with me sometime, will ya?

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