Friday, May 8, 2009

The children made more sense today

Really the children make more sense most every day. That is the truth and the truth can hurt sometimes. Especially when dealing with school issues.

It's the adults who drive me to drink.

First, the story of the day. A little girl in Kindergarten announced in class that she and her boyfriend had had sex. The whole class heard and the little girl seemed pleased with her ability to shock everyone although most were rather puzzled.

When the teacher marched her to the office, I told the girl she would need to call her parents and tell them about her announcement. She immediately began to cry. In fact, she cried so hard she couldn't tell her father what had happened.

Me: "Hi, Mr. Father of Ms. I Love to Shock Everyone. Do you have a minute? Today, Ms. I Love to Shock Everyone made an announcement in class that she and her boyfriend had had sex."

Mr. Father of Ms. I Love to Shock Everyone: "Oh my God. She doesn't even have a boyfriend."

Sometimes it is hard not to laugh right out loud!


Thanks to all the comments and well-wishes about my upcoming conversation with the Deans of Education earlier this afternoon. Currently I am enjoying my favorite drink, the Georgia Peach. I need the drink even though the meeting went well. The Deans were very nice even if their names really aren't Dean.

But I have some problems. Damnnit! I'm really thinking of a new title for me. How does Fry Girl sound?

Apparently, some of my teachers (most of a grade level) have been making some inappropriate comments about particular students while they meet as a grade level for lunch.

This was heard by several practicum and student teachers. Not just the one with issues.

Which makes my school have issues.

Guess what I have to look forward to on Monday?

Why, oh, why can't the adults act like adults?!

Until then, I'll plan to lay out in the yard with my Georgia Peach and finish reading A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Have a great weekend y'all!


HeatherPride said...

Are the teachers talking about how attractive the students are? Because the day we graduated from high school our driver's ed teacher walked up to my BFF, slapped her on the rear and said, "I always wanted to tell you you had a great ass."

Surely it can't be that bad. Or can it...???

Beth said...

Heather - It may or may not have had to do with their special needs. As a former special education teacher, I'm heartbroken.

Jan said...

Oh, Beth - you can't be serious! They're speaking badly about the special needs students? How on earth do you handle something like that?

As for the father of Ms. I Love to Shock Everyone - again, I'm glad I do NOT have your job. I'd have broken up then and there. No self control.

Gaston Studio said...

If that's what's happening, that's really despicable!

I agree with Jan re Ms I Love to Shock Everyone, would have taken a lot to reel me in!

Sugah, you just enjoy your Georgia Peach and have a good weekend.

Deb said...

awesome book. awesome drink. not such an awesome situation. ugh. at least the deans were nice!

Kulio said...

Just remember, YOU are not your school. You don't have issues, your school (and every other school in the world) has some issues. YOU are the one charged with the responsibility of creatively solving those issues - you can do it! Don't forget about all the good stuff happening in your school. :-)

only a movie said...

I'm usually not this bold on my blog, but teachers who say nasty things about special needs kids can suck it (I am sorry that I do not have the strike through ability on your blog comments)(because that was just rude).

Oh my goodness Beth, I don't envy you your task on Monday, and I wish you could invite a Special Guest Educator to give them a lashing. I would be all over it.

In the meantime, enjoy your beverage and enjoy reading the book. (One of the better books in the universe, I think.)


Beth said...

Movie - I wish you could be with me on Monday. I'll need to write out what I am going to say. Making fun on the underdogs is one of my biggest pet peeves. I can get rather emotional about it, too. I clearly remember reading the lips of my 5th grade teacher when she was complaining to another teacher about having to move me to the front of the room after my mother complained (apparently I messed up her sitting in alphabetical order plan). While she didn't say anything negative to me, she may as well have. I've never forgotten it.

I'm still trying to figure out how to teach them to learn some compassion (or just grow up).

The more I think about it, the more angry I become! Seriously, they broke my heart today.

Beth said...

Kulio - You are awesome! And you are right - the majority of my teachers would lay down their lives for their students. It only takes one to cause trouble. And sometimes that trouble comes in a small group.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

You've got your job cut out for you, but I know you can do it.

Maybe I am not objective, but I found elementary school teachers to be a bit bossy and controling, more so than secondary. I worked part time in Title One as a reading teacher for five years in elementary, and I knew when I went for my teaching certificate it would have to be high school. The kids aren't as cute, but I like the colleagues better.

BTW Heather Pride's comment...still picking my jaw up off the ground.

lakeviewer said...

I've been in your shoes. You can't ignore comments made by your teachers or about your teachers.

The weekend will give you time to relax, enjoy your family and appreciate the love on Mother's Day. Enjoy.

Michel said...

OMFG. WTF!? No way! (that required TWO cusses...) That is disgusting. I'm frankly shocked. I thought that people grew out of that kind of BS after 8th grade. AGAIN, WTF!?

However, even though you don't want to do it, you will be in the right and they SHOULD be humiliated (and rightly so). This can't possibly suck as much as when you had to transfer the teacher you really liked. Think of it that way - that you are doing them a favor by preventing them from going to hell (if it is not too late.)

re: bf having sex with kid - I am SOOO thankful that it was not true! I keep reading stories about how they are getting younger, but this was too much!

marathoner81 said...

Wow, regarding Ms. I like to Shock people - that's disturbing and kind of funny.

marathoner81 said...

Oh crap...I meant to tag you for the last award i recieved, but my computer froze up(big surprise - I need a new laptop) and I thought it had saved my entire post, but it hadn't. Anyway you're on there now. AND don't tell anyone I told you, because I said I was going to be a rule breaker and not tell the people i tagged, but i think you may have already read that post? Ok - rambling...sorry, I've started my wine for the night!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

LOL - She doesn't even have a boyfriend. Are you kidding me??? Glad your meeting went well. I've never had a Georgia Peach but it sounds like a total delite!

remember moments said...

Holy moly about the 5 year old and her announcement. Where in the world did she come up with that? I guess this is what I have to look forward to when I finish my Masters in School Counseling next year!!!!!

Beth said...

Jan - I bit the sides of my mouth. That almost always keeps me from laughing out loud.

Jane - I have enjoyed those Georgia Peaches! :)

Deb - I was happy that the Deans were nice. They were so very understanding. I really appreciated that from them.

Beth said...

Pseudo - Maybe I should transfer to a high school! :) The drama and all the Type A personalities keep the job interesting.

lakeviewer - I am relaxing! Actually, it was rather cathartic to write the frustrations down. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Michel - You totally crack me up! And I often want to ask adults what grade they are in.

marathoner81 - I LOVE the award! You made my night!

remember moments - I do LOVE my school counselor! After telling me she didn't have a boyfriend, the dad went on to explain that sometimes the kid played with some older kids. He might want to rethink that.

otin said...

You know school has really changed! No hot teachers ever asked me out:( just kidding)(well maybe not)

Midwest Mommy said...

Oh I am giggling at that story. When I taught first grade some of the responses I got from parents was priceless!

Fidgeting Gidget said...


Just found you through Marathoner81...

I know I'm going to love your blog. I love teacher stories since I used to be one and now I'm not. I miss some stuff--like the innocence of children and the funny stuff they do....other stuff I don't.

Anyway, I look forward to stopping by your blog from now on! Have a great weekend.

mo.stoneskin said...

Presumably that little girl had no idea what she was talking about. Or did she? Guess she overheard older kids or something!

Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry said...

I would take a paddle out (with holes drilled in it) line those nasty teachers up and whack up! Just to relieve my tension, adults, female adults need to grow up and get some "class".
The Georgia Peach sounds yummy, have one for me and enjoy your Mother's Day weekend.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Have a Georgia Peach for me too. Cheers.