I’ve had a few issues here and there with Son’s schools, but most of the issues have been dealt with and we’ve moved forward. I very much like Son’s teacher, as she is committed and engaged with the children and just the perfect amount of strict to keep Son on task.
After all, having a good teacher can make up for lots of poor administration issues. Heaven help us all if Son ever gets a poor teacher, no matter how good the school is rumored to be. I’ve noticed a few other teachers at this school that I’d not be happy with, and it has made me wonder about the availability of good employees, the level of supervision by the administration and the involvement of the parents. Do they know ???
There is one teacher in particular who has always concerned me. I walk by her class every day, as her class is the only one directly off the lobby. She always looks bored, disinterested. As if she’d much rather be watching Jerry Springer. She either has the kids watching a DVD, or she’s just sitting there staring off into space while the children (three year-olds) play on the computer. I shake my head and walk on, and get involved with what’s going on in Son’s class.
Today when I was dropping Son off at school there was a little boy clutching his mother and sobbing. The mother was dressed for work, tears in her own eyes as she tried to calm her son. He just didn’t want to be at school today. We all threw sympathetic looks at her, and I did a silent prayer thanking G-d that I didn’t have to put Son in daycare – that school is a choice for us. The mother led her son into that class – the only one right off the lobby – and I left before she came out.
I came to pick up Son three hours later, Nana in tow. I’d just picked her up from the airport and she got a welcome every Nana wishes for when Son raced into her arms. We were on our way out when I saw a boy, alone and sobbing, trying to open a classroom door from the outside while pleading, “Let me in!” He was trying to turn the knob, but the teacher – the same teacher I said always looks bored and disinterested – had her back to him and was not letting the boy in. I glanced at the other mothers in the area and they all looked disturbed, and I walked over to that boy and put my arm around him and knocked on the door.
She opened the door and said, “He’s okay.” Furious, I said, “No, he’s not. You can’t leave him out here! It’s cruel! Let. Him. In.” She pulled him into the room while trying to reassure me.
“It’s okay,” she said, “We do this every day.”
I was apoplectic with fury and disbelief at this point. Talk about inappropriate punishment! He was ALONE outside the classroom!!! Being excluded. Crying. I know, I don’t have to explain it to YOU…
I walked (stalked, really) over to the reception area, where the attendant (the owner’s daughter) was trying to explain school enrollment to a woman who was considering enrolling her child. I interrupted to tell the attendant what was happening, and she excused herself from the prospective customer and immediately went to “handle it”.
I plan to talk to the owner about the incident tomorrow. The more I think about it the angrier I become. In my opinion this is cause for termination. I certainly hope that they will notify the parent of this incident, and if they don’t I’m seriously considering telling the parent myself.
That woman should not be permitted to work with children. She compromised that child’s physical safety, and his psyche. Add that to her general attitude of disinterest, and I’m thinking that perhaps she should just get a job where she can do no harm. Perhaps a cemetery groundskeeper. Or a port-a-potty cleaner.
It didn’t occur to me until I got home that this could have been the same boy that was crying this morning. I was honestly so horrified that I can’t recall. But no wonder that kid didn’t want to enter that classroom.