OK, a bit of a story ...
Anyone who pays attention knows I have a bright kiddo with a couple learning issues: a hearing disorder and dysgraphia (dyslexia handwriting cousin).
Those two make school enough of a challenge but he's a solid B/A student regularly.
It is normal for us to have a lagging grade early. Usually it's easy to pin down why, make some adjustments, and he handles it from there.
But this year ... this year ... he's at C- across the board! So we sat him down to find out what on earth is going on. This is the picture we got:
He was placed with a teacher who started the year on maternity leave. His class was originally divided among the other teachers for his grade. Due to
COVID, class sizes are down, so this was OK. About two weeks in, the school notified us that a long-term sub had been located, so the class would be
brought together. Again, OK.
BUT ... the sub had zero classroom management skills, so for about a month to month and a half, this group of kids got zero instruction while the
other classes forged ahead. Son claims he spent most of it reading, and if he doesn't like his classmates, I am inclined to believe it. Reading is an
avoidance strategy for him.
So when the school decided this wasn't working, they split a group of kids a month behind the rest back into the other classrooms. At this point, it
seems no one thought that maybe a kid already coping with two learning disabilities might need to have some support getting caught up. So when the
inevitable happened and he got held back in one subject, a teacher commented that this is what happens when kids misbehave instead of learning.
If that's what was said, it was out of bounds. The school took a kid with two challenges, put him in a bad situation, and blame him when he doesn't
Not loving the school today AT ALL.
edit on 10-11-2021 by ketsuko because: (no reason given)