August 15, 2011

DEAR MY DAUGHTER'S MIDDLE SCHOOL

How can a school and its teachers fail so miserably at engaging children who come through the doors enthused and filled with wonder on the first day of school? I drove them there. I know they were open and vulnerable and joyous. But you closed that door by treating them like they are three grades younger than they are; by assuming the worst of their capabilities, their motives, and their behavoir; by asking for information from them that can be used against them later; by reciting rules and promising punishment; by aiming to control instead of to TEACH; by assigning drone-like assignments and busy work ALREADY to tie up their activity time outside of school; by destroying their spirts and stomping on their passions. How did you achieve ALL OF THAT in one day? ANY teacher who did any one of these things today (I have the names of 2 of you), please retire or find another job. Jobs are hard to come by and parents are tired of paying for you to squelch what is beautiful in our children. So change your attitudes TONIGHT. Or it's on. Got it?

5 comments:

fpaynter said...

Uh-oh! Battle lines being drawn...

Jeneane Sessum said...

BRING IT!

Jeneane Sessum said...

(can i borrow your dog?)

Elaine of Kalilily said...

That's why my daughter home schools my grandson. She knows lots of free resources if you ever want to have learning stuff at home to keep Jenna's love of learning alive. You know where to find me.

William "Papa" Meloney said...

Frightened that just such an experience awaited our children we opted to Home School. Yes, we bore the burden but the results are worth it. Know that we stand with you in your frustration.