reply to post by Wrabbit2000
As someone living in Cherokee County, only about 30 minutes north of Atlanta, as well as our county at one point also being under watch for cheating
due to our rising test scores, and as a mother of 2 girls, ages 11 and 5, one in 6th grade, the other just going into Kindergarten, let me tell you,
we have a serious serious serious problem with teachers today, teachers of tomorrow and the future of our children... which of course, ultimately will
lead to the future direction of this country..the outlook is not good.
My first daughter, and you know what..before I even begin, let me go on record just to say... I know... I know that every single parent thinks their
child is the next genius, and just smarter than the average child. There is just something in us that wants that. But, my first child, truly is ahead
of the curve. Talking full sentences by 8 months, making coherent thoughts and answers. Writing her letters and recognizing their sounds by age 3, she
picked up things like a sponge. It was the little things, like recognizing a song was also a song from someplace else, but being sung by a different
person, etc. She's goes to preschool, at a baptist church and was one of the best children in the class. Reading by the time she was done. She goes
ahead to public school, Kindergarten, and our trouble begins. Now, again, this child was potty trained since 10 months. (Not by habit, or schedule,
she would tell me she had to go potty) I'll list the problems by numbers and grade.
1. She pooped in her pants the first week. When I approached the teacher about it, she told me that yes, my child had asked to go, but she was still
learning which children just wanted to go to the bathroom for fun and which really had to go to the bathroom. The main problem? my daughter had to sit
with the poop in her pants for an hour and a half.
2. Constantly on red (green=good, yellow=small infraction red= bad) this was a child who just came out of preschool as best behaved.
So..problem? her teacher was 8 months pregnant...3 weeks away from giving birth. The helper in the class room? his 8 year old son had just died that
past summer from leukemia. The teacher went on leave and the substitute came in....she was a from the marines! if anyone was going to be haywire on
these kids, it would be her... right? my daughter immediately returned to Green colors, only to return to red when her original teacher came back.
Despite all this, she ended up in the gifted program and passing her tests and class with highest marks. If a child is that much of a problem
child..how do they accomplish that?
1. Placed in gifted clusters, at this point, she's reading at 3rd grade level. If she moved or sneezed she was sent to the principal's office. She
came home each day...telling me, her teacher didn't like her. In art class, they had this program where they made a drawing and it got turned into
actual pictures on magnets, or mugs, the art teacher drew a teddy bear on the board as an example, my daughter not fully understanding, thought they
were suppose to draw the teddy bear, so she did..and got in trouble. At 6..was this really a huge deal?
So, the following year...2nd grade, she made a friend and would walk that friend to class..which was down the 1st grade hallway, she would try to stop
in to say hi to her 1st grade teacher, this teacher, told my child, that she did not need to stop by her class, and to not go down that hallway.
Things were worked out with the principal on the matter...problem? the teacher had a brain tumor..and died that following summer.
Huge problem.... See, over the summer, 3 college girls had moved in next door to us, and the one was training to be a teacher, she asked to use our
child as her internship and took her to college with her for a few days. Well, my daughter's teacher for 2nd grade was a college student. Let me
repeat that... a college student...not yet done with schooling. She left early everyday so she could go to her classes, and in true college fashion,
if papers were graded on the weekend after a night out on the town, the always had to be checked over by parents at home. My daughter actually moved
up one whole grade level one semester. Problem was..she turned out to be someone we really liked, just not as a teacher.
3rd grade...district changed and she had to move schools. All her friends were transferred. But, we ended up with an awesome awesome teacher. She was
from New York, no children of her own, and loved her kids.
disaster! disaster disaster. We ended up with this teacher who main answer was "I don't do that" for everything. My daughter at this point is
reading at 12th grade level, straight As, no tardies, no missed days. Also, no honor rolls, or recognition for any of her achievements.. like 500 for
relay for life. more to follow: