Saturday, March 11, 2006

She'll be in my class someday...

While driving home from gettin my hair cut, I stopped to put gas in my car. As I waited to turn on to the main road, I observed a young girl in the backseat of a car point to balloons that flew above a sign advertising an open house down the street. The car was stopped at a red light.
The driver, the mother I assume, openned her door, hopped out, grabbed the balloons, and hopped back in just in time to catch the light as it turned green.

With the WASL (our state mandated test) starting on Monday, I thought about the lessons we learn that will never be found on a test. That child learned many lessons today. Stealing is okay as a long as nobody gets hurt. If YOU really want something, someone will give it to you. Her mother will do whatever she is asked. And, everything in life is easy.

These lessons will translate to her life in school. She will walk into my classroom as a ninth grader and, having forgotten her pencil, take one off my desk, forgetting to give it back at the end of class. She will forget to turn in a major assignment, and then five weeks later, at the end of the quarter, expect that I let her turn it in--for full credit. If I don't accept it, she will, on her lunch break the next period, use her cell-phone to call her mom, who will immediately call me demanding I treat her daughter with respect. And when I still don't budge, she will cry to her counselor that I am retaliating against her, treating her unfairly, and she feels intimidated in my class, therfore needing to switch to another teacher.

With such lessons available at home, or in public, what serious use is an exam to test the student's ability to think for themselves, analyze and solve problems, communicate in words their thoughts, or any other unecessary and stupid thing?


At 7:18 PM , Blogger Amerloc said...

And Mom has no clue how your words might apply to her. Nor does daughter. Keep in mind, of course, that grandchildren are exempt.

At 8:08 PM , Blogger graycie said...

What a spot-on illustration! It's absolutely chilling -- I know this child -- and her miserable excuse for a mother.

At 5:23 PM , Blogger Dan Edwards said...

Sheesh, I have THOSE kids in my classes NOW. They act like they have NEVER heard the words, "Please", "Thank You" and that they are ENTITLED to do and say whatever they wish.....Too bad we can't be there when LIFE rears up and bites a big chunk outta their a--.

At 6:31 PM , Blogger Christine said...

In my classes this year, I have several kids who have already learned those lessons. I feel bad for the girl, just as I feel bad for my students who have learned those lessons.

Here's the part that for me, makes it worse. Those same kids are often aided and abetted by administrators who would prefer the teacher give in rather than having to deal with the hysterical mother.

At 8:41 PM , Blogger r said...

a very apt illustration. Apples and trees, right?

Does that mother really think she can tell her daughter to ever "do the right thing" when she does something like that?

I'm continually amazed and appalled at what I see as "parenting" sometimes.

At 4:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a student(10th) from my point of view hard leared lesson's have a good way of getting kids to do what they should. For example, you have a stricked techer and they get the job done right; in my shoes I love them for it. But if you always have a mix of both you will get through school with the best effort.


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