Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Shhhh! Don't tell her she's failing!

I've had nice parents. I've had angry parents. I've had threatening parents.

I've never had a parent like this. Chastising me ("To whom it may concern"...do you really not know my name?) about informing her daughter that she's failing. It all started when I sent home a second letter, informing parents that students are failing and providing a list of assignments with grades. This young lady is in 7th grade. She is 13 years old. She is fully capable of taking responsibility for her own grades. How else will she learn responsibility?

Are there any parents out there with some input? I do not have children, but if my child was failing I don't believe that I would ever try to shelter them from that, even if my goal was to help them improve their grades.

If you're not a parent, you can play a game: Find as many grammatical mistakes as possible. Winner gets a congratulations comment on their blog. Go!


Sarah Rose said...

Oh. My. Goodness.

How I wish I had saved the parent notes that I had gotten... there were some gems. But this one was totally worth blogging, my friend.

And I'm not even going to attempt an editing job on it. Wow.

NYC Educator said...

If I received your note, it would be my child hearing from me, not you. She would find failing your class, or any, to be highly inconvenient.

jose said...

As far as correcting the letter, I don't know where to start, but anyways, I love how entitled parents become in the face of their own demises and failings as parents.