Thursday, December 5, 2013

Our education system .......

Totally off topic to my normal musings, however, this needs to be said, or written. 

This is mostly in defense of my son. My 14 year old. He has always struggled with school, and academics. It's not that he is lacking in the brains department, he has no major life traumas to use as excuses to define his behavior or lack of interest. He's highly intelligent, and capable of many things in his young life. 

I recently received an email communication from his teacher. Now... knowing my son, and his skills, I immediately knew what the problem was. One, he is not challenged, and two, he's been given mixed messages, and is confused as to what the guidelines for the class are or basically the class syllabus.

As I am reading the communication, I am becoming more and more horrified by what he is writing. Not about my son, but the actual language he is using in reference to my child. Nothing bad, no, he did not use foul language, but he did attack and accuse my son of a few things. Not in wording, but in context. 

Un-truth, by definition, a lie. 

Plagiarism, by definition, an academic standard set by Ivy League schools, based on ethics, not law. Dating to the 1800's and archaic at best. 

Also, an allegation was; my son sat and stared into space for a week before starting a project. 

So... how, may I ask you, does a 14 year old who still thinks in the abstract, going to be capable of understanding this? Is that not the teachers responsibility to provide a clear and realistic definition of what is expected of my child? 

As this communication continues from two days ago, to now, I am stunned at the lack of education and teaching skills this teacher actually posses.

One: we are 1/2 way through the year... why am I now just being informed of my child's situation in this class room?  Two, the class room syllabus was sent to me, and could have been as confusing to me as it was to my child, if I did not read it correctly.  Three, the solution as of today? 

Remove my child from this class at the end of the year and let him start another one in a different field in January, that has nothing to do with the class he is in now. 

Needless to say, I hit the roof. Really? This is the solution our academic institute came up with? "Oh, he's struggling here", therefore, lets move him there. WOW! 

So, my final email communication was not so nice, but in a nice way. I basically called the teacher out. It's his responsibility to provide an atmosphere to his students, equally, that helps them all excel. He has failed in that. It is his responsibility to notify me, prior to the end of the year, not 3 weeks, but months, that my son is failing. 

The classes that were suggested for my son to transfer to? Yoga... and a few other's, however, I suggested Yoga for the teacher also, since he clearly needs to meditate on how he is teaching his students, or not teaching them. My son would out do him in this class, since clearly he is capable of sitting and staring into space for a week. 

By the way, this is an art class. My son excels at art. It's inherent in his blood. He is a left side thinker, and those are the ones who make their own paths in this world, not the ones who conform.  I have no doubts my son will make a name for himself, out side the academic confines of this world. 

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