This is the story of a public school failing to encourage the psychological, social, and psychological development of young females. There’s an argument to be made that the effect on young males is similarly damaging, but, for this guide, I will be focusing on the female aspect.
My first criticism is about a policy which has been initiated by the school principal. He instituted a policy wherein students were not allowed to gather in more than groups of 2, and weren’t permitted to walk and talk on the playground at recess. All children were needed to be actively engaging in a game or recognized action, and were banned from just chatting together.
This policy directly targeted the female population, according to the walking-and-talking behaviour being a mostly female socialization method (with males primarily socializing through shared actions ) If this commonly recognized developmental truth is not enough proof of the sex-based discriminatory nature of the policy, my daughter reports that the principal made an announcement to the classrooms when the ban was lifted. His announcement threatened the ban would be reinstated if there was”any more girl drama.” There were many witnesses to this announcement.
My daughter was forced to choose which one of her many good friends she wanted to associate with for the day, and was also prohibited from engaging in bonding conversation with such friend.
My second criticism will involve my daughter’s experiences with her fifth-grade teachers. Definitely not Wildlife Removal Boca Raton
My daughter’s first fifth grade teacher was reported by my daughter to have an extremely strict and intimidating demeanor. As a very sensitive kid – and with high expectations for herself – my daughter could frequently develop a literal stomach ache from the anxiety of being concerned about pleasing him with her performance. Part of her anxiety came from listening to him single-out other kids in the classroom, in order to be humiliating public examples of these through pointing out their flaws.
In support of my daughter – both academically and emotionally – I conveyed with this instructor through email on a regular basis. I received good reports about my daughter’s performance . Immediately following the beginning of his extended departure from the classroom because of illness, but the next quarter report card came out. This is an insulting insinuation that this instructor knows when, where, and that my daughter ought to be asking for help, better than my daughter understands it for herself.
There was no sign in his regular emails to me that she was in need of academic assistance. In fact, one of his latest emails now was to let me know that my daughter had received one of the greatest scores on a math test. Additionally, I observed a very limited amount of social studies content in my daughter’s homework. What I did observe, I helped her to finish (specifically, a PowerPoint presentation about Martin Luther King, Jr., in which I invited her to add a mention on women’s rights)
The D- grade and relevant comment on the report card came out of left field, which isn’t acceptable, considering the amount of communication transpiring between the teacher and myself up until there. The tactic employed by the instructor in this respect was a blow to my daughter’s self-esteem, which I needed to work to relieve. She was dismayed upon seeing the grade and the comment, as she had been receiving feedback that she was doing well up until that point. This tactic was cruel.
My daughter’s current long-term substitute teacher regularly and openly expresses to pupils his dislike for our country’s president. Disrespect for our nation’s leader isn’t appropriate content for a teacher – who is in a position to influence young minds and perspectives – to be sharing with 10-year-olds. Regardless of our personal positions, compulsory education should not include political indoctrination in opposition to the President of the United States. My daughter also reports he raises his voice aggressively in class, like by shouting”Silence!” When the course gets noisy. She, as a 10-year-old, has commented that he exhibits a”lack of control” from the classroom. She’s wise enough to observe that overt aggression is a sign of internal lack of power.
The type of sexist, non-patriotic, aggressive, and self-esteem damaging behavior listed here is not fitting of people in this position.
This attendance policy aspect is the final straw in my distaste for the school practices. I received a letter (several weeks after the post-date, because of my not retrieving my physical mail with regularity in this electronic age) stating that my daughter has too many”excused absences” and that I am required to have a physician’s note for any future absences. How can there be too many excused absences? I’m not sending my young daughter to school when she isn’t feeling well enough to attend college, either physically, mentally, or emotionally. It’s not in her best interest for me to do so, and it is imposing an unreasonable burden on a parent to be required to go running to the doctor for a note, particularly when the parent knows full well that no physician’s prescription is needed for the ailment. I’ve consulted with a similarly-minded physician about this, and am now gathering community support to address this inability of parents to excuse their own children without getting harassment from the school.
Nowhere in these truancy notices is it noted that my daughter regularly goes above and beyond with volunteering for school activities, and with my direct support and involvement. She’s been part of the morning valet team for the previous two school years. She acted as a campaign manager during fourth grade student body elections. She signed up to help with conducting a booth for the school carnival. She’s been a part of the School Safety Ambassador Club (SSA) for the past two decades, and regularly consults me on ways that she could effectively support other students in respect to reducing bullying and increasing self-esteem. Is this the sort of behavior associated with an at-risk child, in need of truancy intervention?
With the widely reported increase in violence and disruptive behavior on college campuses, and with the lack of teeth in the present school behaviour disciplinary policies, I was strongly considering enrolling my daughter in a homeschool schedule by the time she reached the 7th grade. The 5th grade experience, here, has convinced me to start that process at the beginning of her next school year. There’ll not be a need for the school district to track her school attendance as of the 2018-2019 school year, as she will not be attending the school. I’m enrolling her into a program which better nurtures her overall development to a confident, secure, open-minded, conscientious – and feminine – member of society.