Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sometimes I wonder, sometimes I worry

People are down right weird interesting.

Yesterday, we had a meeting with the parents of a girl who is on her way to never really passing a single grade not doing well in school. The mother made some statement about "not blaming the school but this is a new issue because the girl didn't have issues in the last state they lived in."

When I pulled copies of her report card out of the girl's permanent record and reviewed the final grades, the mother wanted to change the subject to discuss her pink hair argue that a grade of a 67 was passing in the state they came from. I guess that makes her a rocket scientist a fantastic student in some dream world state.

Big whoop-dee-doo!

Way to raise that bar! When are we ever going to "grade" the parents?

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Little Miss Dizzy was talking to her teacher yesterday.

Little Miss Dizzy - "Oh. I need to tell you something. My mother has lung cancer."

Teacher (clearly freaking out) - "Oh my gosh! Oh no! Is she ok? Are you ok? When did you guys find out?"

Little Miss Dizzy (who really needs one question at a time posed to her) - "Ummmmm... I think she only has a little bit of cancer. In her lung."

Teacher (ready to start a collection for the family and rambling with worry) - "What can we do to help? Cancer is so scary. I am so sorry..."

Little Miss Dizzy (puzzled at how concerned her teacher has become) - "Hmmm... Maybe it isn't cancer... I always forget the right word. Maybe she has pneumonia. Yeah. I think that is what she said."

I swear that teacher was ready to cry but when will the teacher learn to confirm the confusing stories from Little Miss Dizzy.

28 comments:

dizzblnd said...

Shame on the parents for blaming the schools. If the parent has tried everything in the world (like me) to get their child to succeed and the child STILL fails.. the blame rests solely on the child.

Poor little Miss Dizz it's weird how kids get serious things like that mixed up. I am sure her mom will pull through her ammonia.. er pneumonia

Mrs. K said...

You know my ex has a 15 year old daughter who has been held back once and barely gets passed to the next grade- but yet he rewards her with all kinds of stuff- which was one hint of me knowing that I never wanted to raise a child with him- ever. My daughter knows...she brings vbad grades and she will have a suck-ass summer. So she works hard. Thank God. There is no room for slackers in my house

Em said...

You're a stronger woman than I. Days like that would make me go home and stick my head in the oven.

And it's electric.

Glad to hear Little Ms. Dizzy's mom is going to be OK :-)

Gaston Studio said...

We need to raise the bar in the schools for school. I'm referring to the academic bar, or whatever you call it that means you teachers are teaching on higher levels. This just pisses me off that the 'bar' keeps getting lowered, trying to accommodate students that shouldn't have even passed their current grade level. And parents who don't take responsibility!

darsden said...

I am with GS on this...quit lowering the bar. Don't bring all the other students down because of one dummy. Time to send the dummies to a special school for those to lazy to listen. (I agree to we need to grade the parents-teaching starts early in the home!)

Kulio said...

I will never cease to be amazed at the ludicrosity (made that word up) of comments from your parents, and the extreme verbal creativity of small children. :-)

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Let's hope that a caring teacher will take her under their wing ;)

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Your comment on my blog from yesterday had me laughing all day! :)

I was NOT talking about you!!

THought you needed to know that.

And the little bit of cancer? Kids!!

Hallie

Kristina P. said...

Poor teacher. Maybe it's just a cough.

Jan said...

I'd wonder and worry, too, if I was subject to this kind of stuff.

Some parents never cease to amaze me. Excuse me, YOUR son got in trouble for bullying MY son at school, and you're going to sit there, in front of me, and tell the teacher and principal that it's MY son's fault because MY son is a "weird" child who is going to grow up and become an arsonist (her exact words were "burn down people's houses"). HUH???

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

The end of the year brings out the worst in the dysfunctional households.

I had a mom email me how her daughter is doing... After 3 meetings, biweekly emails, 4 progress reports, 3 report cards, and the counselor pulling her daughter in and giving her a summer school ap. The girl has failed every quarter and the mom wanted to know if I (cause it is all my fault) am ging to "give her daughter a chance."

only a movie said...

This time of year is so tough. Kids are freaked out (especially if they don't have anything fun to do in the summer), parents are freaked out. We're burnt out. Ack.

I had a kid today say that his dad was *addicted to bees* in the context of a conversation about what people may or may not be allergic to... too freaking cute.

Michel said...

I might have a little bit of the cancer.

Parents should have to qualify before they are allowed to RAISE kids - you can have them, just not raise them unless you can handle it.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Sadly I know someone very much like these parents. She thinks it's perfectly acceptable for her kids not to do homework if they don't feel like it. If they are failing, it is the school/teacher's fault. No responsibility is taken. ACK! It drives me nuts. I might add that this individual is very well-educated.

Bee and Rose said...

I remember a student telling me her mother had cancer...she told me she'd had it since she was born...of course, I raised my eyebrows a bit...she continued...her birthday is in June. lol! (She's astrologically a Cancer!)

lakeviewer said...

Yes, when do we grade the parents?

H.K. said...

It seems there is a Miss Dizzy in every classroom! I have one of those in my sunday school class, when every one talked about a mosquito bite they had, she would say she had a snake bite. When the kids would talk about their parents being sick, she'll say that her parents almost died. What would the world do without the Miss Dizzies?

Jaime said...

"a little bit of cancer"? kids say the strangest things.

Candice said...

Cancer, pneumonia... You know, it's close ;)

otin said...

That girl will probably grow up to be beautiful, pose for playboy, and then I can see her house on Cribs after she marries a rock star LOL!

Reinvent Dad said...

Parents are a just another subset of our society that blame others for their failures.
My daughter is about to finish 5th Grade and I could swear (w/no concrete proof) that the school has spent the last couple years trying to pull up the intellectually inferior (over challenging the above average kids) in preparation of middle school. I'm guessing the child in your first story came from my home state of California.

Glad to hear that the little girl in story #2 was mistaken.

Snowbrush said...

Dizzy was having such good luck with the original story that I don't know why she changed it.

♥ Braja said...

Rocket science was right...
:)

Gaston Studio said...

Something for you on my post today!

marathoner81 said...

Honestly Beth, I don't know how you do it! I don't think I would be able to keep my sanity dealing with the kids, let alone the parents!

Comedy Goddess said...

Eeeek!

nikkicrumpet said...

It really is a shame that we can't grade the parents....it's sad how the lack of good parenting punishes the generations to come. Poor kid doesn't have a prayer.

dana said...

Our grandson is 8 and brilliant. He covets books and reads at a 6th grade level. Our granddaughter is dumb as a post and at age 11 is looking forward to summer school. I've tried to convince her it's NOT a badge of honor. She can't write. Can't spell. Can't read, and her only interest is looking in the mirror and pretending to be FABULOUS. Her father tells her she's fabulous with nothing to back up his claim. Then he said that if "grandma and grandpa" bought her some GORGEOUS clothes, she might "feel like" getting better grades. Talk about awarding sloth and self-importance! arghhhhh There's too much praise and too little expectations placed on the slackers.