The above pie chart sums up how I feel this morning about the employees of our local public school system. I use the term “employees” deliberately rather than educators or teachers as this is seemingly what people who in the past sacrificed jobs with a higher income potential for the calling of teaching our children have become. Clock punching union clerks with our kids serving the role of stock on the shelves.
Yesterday morning I received an email from my 6th grade sons math teacher stating that he was in danger of a failing grade in his honors math class. I received this email with two days remaining in the school year. Lest you think I am one of those parents who pay little regard to to their child’s progress during the year, I have been in regular contact with the teacher during the year and follow my sons progress via the Family Access website in which the teachers post their students marks on individual projects and assignments on a weekly basis. Up until two days ago I had been reassured by his teacher that while he was struggling a bit to catch up with the other students since his transfer from the basic math course to the honors program in the middle of the last semester, he was a smart boy and would do fine. I was a little concerned with this teachers failure to regularly post his marks to said Family Access site so I could keep close track but accepted her tepid reassurances at face value. After receiving the above mentioned email I did a bit of investigating and discovered that this teacher had been absent from class for about half the quarter for various conferences and workshops (relating to self esteem and diversity no doubt) with a substitute teacher unfamiliar with the circumstances of my son joining the program mid-stream, or in the use of the Family Access site, taking her place. Not only has my sons confidence in his mathematical ability taken a hit but I’m feeling like a bit of a dupe this morning. When asked for advice on how we should proceed, she suggested to me that perhaps he should be placed back into the regular math program next year. WTF!! Keep in mind that this is not an average student I am speaking of but one who has excelled in his studies in the past and was described by this very teacher upon her recommendation of him to the honors program as her “star math pupil”. I have sent an email to this teacher, cc’d to the principal, asking for a detailed explanation as to why this should not be considered a rather spectacular failure on the part of a math program who’s purpose is ostensibly to impart the knowledge of mathematics rather than to cover the ass of members of the teachers union upon failure in that task .
I can hardly wait for their response.