A parent was concerned about the methods of their daughter’s teacher, after witnessing them during the previous school year. He decided to seek a resolution that led to an unexpected outcome. Here is what he had to say:
A Recurring Teacher
The girl had been taught by the teacher in fourth grade, and this continued into fifth grade. This raised concern, as something about her teaching methods didn’t seem right to the parent.
Kids Grading Each Other
The parent had heard that during the previous school year, the teacher had decided that instead of grading tests herself, the students would grade each other’s tests.
The teacher encouraged the students to display each other’s scores on the whiteboard. This resulted in competitive remarks, jokes, and even bullying between the children. This was reported on several occasions, but the problem continued into fifth grade.
Bullying And Unfair Grading
Trouble arose when it became evident that one particular student, known for being a bully, was marking the daughter’s test answers as incorrect by scribbling them out in marker. This led to a distressing incident when the daughter received zero marks on her tests.
Refused Regrade Request
When the daughter approached the teacher, showing the marked-up test paper as evidence, the teacher refused to reconsider the zero grade.
Concerned Parent Steps In
Hearing of this story, the parent became concerned and decided to contact the teacher to discuss the issue. However, the teacher denied the practice of peer grading and accused the daughter of intentionally scribbling on her test to avoid a poor grade. These accusations raised red flags for the parent, as her daughter had previously excelled in math in the third grade.
Escalating The Issue
Frustrated by the teacher’s dismissive response, the parent promised to take the matter up with the principal. “I called the principal several times and showed up at the school several times”, they wrote, “but I was always blocked because he was busy.”
Seeking Higher Authority
In their quest for justice, the parent decided to escalate the issue further by contacting the school board and the superintendent. They showed them the test papers marred by black marker and recounted the ongoing problem. The superintendent assured her he would address the matter with the teacher.
Positive Outcome For The Daughter
Following the superintendent’s intervention, positive changes in the classroom were made. “After that, my daughter’s grades were based on the tests she did for the rest of the year”, the parent explained. “She only had 3 left and a final, and she got an A. The teacher was not allowed to let students grade each other’s tests anymore”.
However, the teacher abruptly left her position about two weeks after the parent’s complaint. This unexpected event led to a staff shortage, and the parent moved her daughter to a different school as there was no longer a fifth-grade teacher available.
Mixed Reactions From Fellow Parents
The parent received criticism for her actions from other parents. Some argued that her complaints had caused the school to be short-staffed for fifth-grade math, resulting in larger combined classes for fifth and sixth graders. This left the parent questioning whether they should not have reported the teacher.
Faced with the consequences of their actions, the parent logged on to their favorite social media platform, posting the story and opening it up to comments. Almost every reader was on their side: “The school was failing all the children by allowing this to happen, not just your daughter”, wrote one. “You did the right thing.”
They Did Nothing Wrong
Many readers wrote kind comments in an attempt to reassure the parent of their actions. “You did not make anyone quit or be dismissed”, somebody wrote. “You shared your concerns in the appropriate place. They took action.”
Lazy And Incompetent Teacher
Everyone in the thread was angry with the teacher, but one user in particular exclaimed their strong feelings: “You did nothing wrong – this teacher was LAZY and INCOMPETENT!”, they raged. “As well as that she then did it AGAIN! She was STUPID!!”
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