School Politics

I worry way too much about Goose and her school work. Here it is, summer, and I’m obsessing over which teacher she’ll have next year. Let’s just say that her last teacher was not exactly the best. We had a few issues..like Goose starting out the school year ranking in the 97 percentile in reading and ending the year in the 50 percentile.  Hmmm, not really much of an improvement, kinda crappy I would say.  Anyway, back to where I was going with this post.. there’s a circle of parents in Goose’s grade that are very much involved. Very Much! This is good to an extent but there are a few who know too much.. like which kids are Special Ed, where the reading test can be found online (& I’m talking exact reading test that is given to the kids), even the BONUS word that will be given on the spelling test. I don’t agree with this. To me, it’s cheating. Yes, I run with this crowd of parents but no, I don’t hand my kid the test and say learn it. I mean, how much is she really learning from that? So, I’ve been told by someone in the school system (see, I told you I run in that circle) which teacher Goose will have next year.. word on the street is she’s the best in that grade. At first I was all happy and hoping for a great year.. but then, I was told that our new principal takes requests on which teacher you want for your kid. Well, I’m thinking the school should know which kid will perform best under which teacher.. but obviously not. And what about those poor kids whose parents don’t care. Where are they going to be when Middle School comes a knocking? So, now I’m worried.. will Goose be moved to another teacher to make room for the kids who’s parents do request? Should I go ahead and request to insure she stays where she’s at even though I disagree with this type of placement? Or should I just let it ride, hope for the best and go with it?

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4 responses to “School Politics

  1. Betty

    I will have to say that I have never been the parent to request a teacher. Not to say I don’t care, but I figured they would place according to need and all teachers should be good or they wouldn’t be employeed, right? Not so much. Colby is going into 2nd grade and I requested this year. Kindergarten wasn’t so bad because no one really requested, but last year, oh my! Colby got stuck with all the “trouble” kids whose parents did not request. Shouldn’t be this way, but it is. So, to put our kids in the best possible place, unfortunately you have to request or they will get left overs. And let me tell ya, middle school and high school is worse!!! Brooke and I know all about those parents (and some are our friends, too) and they are always the one’s that get the “awards” and makes the team. Brooke is going into 10th at Boone this year and it is awful! Get ready, it does get worse. Our kids should’nt be treated in respect to who their parents are and what they do in or for the school system. Didn’t mean to get long winded but this is a touchy subject at our house.

  2. I can’t stand all that crap, that is why we homeschool are kids. We have a group that meets almost every week to play and have a group mini-lesson. I find that my kids are much more grounded and compassionate, especially after the baseball season where I had a chance to observe kids that went to public school. My seven year old is also starting third grade this year because we were able to go at his pace, not the classes. I realize this option is not for everyone, but it is a way to get around all of the politics.

  3. I just get a little sick to my stomach reading this. it’s so frustrating isn’t it? I guess I’d go ahead and request….maybe. Ugh. Sorry you have to go through all this!

  4. *Thank you for your advice.. It is very much like a rock and a hard place.. I don’t want to be one of “those” parents.. but yet it seems that I’m being forced to for the sake of my child’s education. It’s very sad. The reason the system makes crazy policies is to keep “those” parents happy and off their back..but yet it also forces people like me into becoming one of “those” parents. A very ugly cycle. Thanks again.. your comments have really helped me in my decision.*

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