Dear teacher, My child was not at school yesterday because...she was sick for the 34th time; she had a headache; she had a toothache; she had to babysit her little sibling because I was sick; we had an appointment; we had to go to town to shop; and...and...and...
Dear parent, Your child will not be able to graduate from high school because...all of the above. You have made so many excuses for absences, and she has missed so much school that she does not qualify for graduation this year. She will have to re-take all of her course work. You have trained your child to succeed at failing. Congratulations.
Do parents not understand how important it is for children to be in school as much as possible? They miss not one lesson, but 8 lessons a day when they are not present. I have one student whose mom brings her 30 to 60 minutes late every single day. She has missed spelling and grammar so many times, I could not pass her in those subjects. Her mom thinks I should be giving her make-up tests and lessons later in the day when she is tardy like that. Like I have time to give the test or lesson twice? Is she crazy? I have 34 students right now. Why don't I just give individual tests or lessons to all the students. That would take the entire day and then I wouldn't be able to do anything else. Now the Mom is taking her child out of our school and putting her in a charter school next year. She is unhappy about the treatment of her child. Imagine that? I wouldn't take the time every single day to reteach her child the lessons she missed because mom was late every day. My school day was packed tight with required lessons and I was suppose to take time out to reteach something I had already taught. Well, it didn't work out that I had time to do that. So sad:( She will just have to go to the charter next year.
I am a wild, whacky, weird, wonderful woman and teacher. I am venturing into a previous life by teaching ELL this fall. I use to teach ESL years ago. I am excited, empowered, and employed. I love life.