I decided since the last two entries have been so...somber I would lighten the mood. Since the events you have asked me about have an obvious outcome-I homeschool. Lets play What Would You Do?
Now you know Madison was put in special ed to help with her social and verbal issues and Martin is dyslexic. Now lets see what you would do?
You walk in to pick your child up from class only to find her sitting in the corner. The teacher smiles sweetly at you and says she participated in recess. When asked what else they made her do they tell you they can't force her to do anything she doesn't want. Do you a) nod and say of course not she's a free spirit all right
b) look at them and reply "goodness no why would you be expected to do that?"
c) shake your head and wonder where you went wrong-choosing a preschool or
d) smack them upside the head for being an idiot
When you go to have a meeting about your child (who is in first grade) getting kicked off the bus for standing up, the principal tells you two things. One maybe you should back off and let us do your (that is actually what was said not a misprint) job, and two well he got four previous warnings sent home they should be in the file with your signature. Imagine the surprise when they aren't there and the one he got kicked off for supposedly happened a month ago. Do you a) hang your head in shame and say "yes, ma'am, I'm sorry.
b)reply "Do whatever you think is best ma'am."
c)look at her open mouthed in a stupor
d) smack her upside the head and tell her she better back off your child, and no you most certainly won't back off.
When at a meeting to discuss the situation in preschool and what is to be done for it, you are attacked by teacher, principal, and special needs coordinator alike. Do you a)nod and say "Whatever you guys think is best. Should I turn over my rights now?"
b)eyes watering apologize for the interference and ask what they suggest
c)sit there and wonder how in the world teacher's seem to know more about the child that grew in your body than you do apparently.
d)look each one square in the eye and tell them till they've went without sleep for over a week to make sure she's alive in the morning, sat and watched as she screamed for hours without being able to comfort her because that would make it worse, then you can take your opinions and shove them..in the corner next to where they leave her all day. Then get up and smack them all upside the heads.
You hear that your son who until four months ago was an absolutely star pupil, is now nothing other than a daydreamer. When he asks for help cause he doesn't understand, and their answer is to tell him he's just a boy he won't get it. Even after you find out he's dyslexic and they say nothing can or will be done till fourth grade. Do you a)sigh and tell her you'll make sure he understands he's just stupid
b)promise to diligently do his homework for three more hours a night
c)look at her and go "He's a boy? The doctor promised us a girl." all the while questioning exactly what qualifies this woman has a teacher, cause obviously she knows nothing about your child after six months of daily contact
d) smack her upside the head and ask her if she realizes she's just a teacher
Now total up the amounts of a,b,c,or d's answers.
If you have mostly a's- WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
If you have mostly b's- WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
If you have mostly c's- Not much into violence are you?
If you have mostly d's- In a perfect world only could we do this for those that treat our children as inferior. But it is a nice day dream.
Of course my answer is obvious I quit fighting them. I took control of my kid's future and education, and we haven't looked back. It's not for everyone, there is no doubt, but it is well worth it. Even the days where I want to run away screaming and not come back.