Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ah...

I feel as though I have been run over by a rather large truck -
the whole school thing is so anti climatic and silly.
but really, there is something to be said for the 'helicopter mom.'
My Tiger was not in the right class and after all, I expected a lot of just 'rolling with it' from him last year. He has the right to return to comfortable and safe palce. The assistant principle acted like I was playing prima donna "My kid isn't with the cool kids" whatever and I wanted to jump through the friggin phone. "Hello. I hold titles in TKD - I didn't get there because I back down from a fight. You want to be condescending witch, lets go."
So I challenged her to go talk to Tiger's first grade teacher from first semester and have her look at the class roster and if she said he was in the right place I wanted her to call me and tell me so herself. Never heard from her.
Instead the principal called to let me know Tiger had been switched to a different class and was back with is 'cluster' WHATEVER! Don't tell me you don't "track" these kids - you do - so put mine in the right damn place.
K-Bear they confirmed was in the right place. It was just disconcerting to hear the specialist who has worked with K Bear over the last 3/4 years look at me and say "they put her where?!? WHY?" Ummm... I don't know... but believe me. I'll find out now! As we were gone in the spring and state testing occurred int eh spring, I've requested to have Bear tested ASAP. It is silly. I could care less if they kid gets titled "gifted" only an idiot would not think she was. And I seriously don't even know what her grades were in 4th grade (is that bad?) grades and titles are not that important to me. I feel they are false measurements of ability and potential and who really cares? Apparently the world would call me an irresponsible mom for such attitude. But honestly - who cares? I am more interested in what she is actually learning and whether or not she is engaged in the process because I really believe in the long run, my grandparents can tell more stories at the golf club if she is a learner than they can if she is an A+ robot. And since I'm not a member at the golf club - it doesn't matter to me a whole lot anyway.

1 comment:

Tiffiney said...

I feel the same way about school and grades! I home-school my oldest but I do have a son in public school, and it seems to me like everything is about a test and grades. It drives me nuts. My son is very smart and loves science and math, as long as I know he is learning what he needs to know then I am happy. I don't really care what the report card says..as long as they don't go as far as trying to fail him, which he is in no danger of doing. If that ever happens tho I will pull him from public school! Learning should not just be about taking a test! The only reason he attends it anyway is because he loves it :)