Teachers are some of the highest-paid workers in our society, yet most of them don’t even focus on their job – teaching our children the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. The following is a heart-felt story of how I stood by my son, even though my son’s teachers wouldn’t.
High paying jobs are hard to find these days. Would you like a job that provides 3 months of paid vacation every year? How about a job where once you are hired, it’s about impossible to get fired and the average salary is $90,000 per year?
Submit your resume to your local school board for a teaching position. Good teachers are hard to find. Many of those now teaching don’t belong there. Graduating from a university teaching course should not be an automatic ticket to a job. Many graduates don’t have the personal interaction skills to deal with parents or children.
My son climbed the elementary ladder and I can tell you that I educated him. The teachers were mere babysitters trying to control raucous behavior among their classes. In fact, over the years that my son traversed the grades, some teachers stood in the way.
In the formative years when my son first entered ‘the system’, I was told he needed speech therapy. Why? He couldn’t pronounce a couple of letters of the alphabet the way the teacher thought they should be spoken. When first learning the alphabet, the way letters and words are deciphered in the minds of children goes through various stages. Jumping to conclusions can result in incorrect assessments and treatments that are unwarranted.
My son enjoyed doing most of his homework at home. One of the teachers took exception with this behaviour. The woman thought that I was doing his homework for him. Additionally, this teacher didn’t like the fact that my son was using a printer to print out his homework since he was doing it on a desktop computer. I informed her that I only act as a resource for my son and sit with him when he does the work. I stated that when he is given a test in school, he is receiving excellent marks and I’m not there when he takes the test. Therefore he must be doing something ‘Right’.
She then informed me that his writing skills would be affected. I asked her if there was a requirement to hand-write for subjects other than ‘English’. She said “No.” My son did all of his ‘English” homework by hand as requested by the teacher and he continued to receive excellent grades.
In another incident in a different grade, I had taught my son how to do arithmetic. Specifically long division. My son’s class had yet to learn how to solve this type of problem. One day, my son came home and told me that the teacher had just shown the class how to do division. He stated that the teacher was upset with him since he wasn’t solving problems ‘her way’, which was a new form of teaching. I said to my son, “Did you get any wrong answers doing division the way I showed you?” He replied “No.” I said, “Tell the teacher that if she has a problem with you solving equations and getting the correct answer then she had better give me a call.” My son continued to use the proper method to resolve the work and suffice to say I never heard from her.