Frustrated with the teacher! (long)

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Frustrated with the teacher! (long)
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Tue, 08-30-2011 - 9:59pm

So, remember I said I was worried about Joshua's teacher? Well, I have an update.....
The first day I picked him up from school. I do the usual of asking how his day was. He was super excited telling me how great it was, then there was a "but". He said his teacher said he is NOT allowed to mention Harry Potter in HER classroom. I calmly asked him "Did she say why?" He said "She said it was because she is a Christian." I then asked him "Did you tell her that you are a Christian too?" He just shrugged and said "I'm sure she knows that". I then asked him if he knew that Harry Potter was make believe. He said "Of course Mom!". I let it go even though I was shaking mad on the inside. I didn't want him to see that I was upset. First of all, this is a public school, where religion should not come in to play. Secondly, who is SHE to basically tell my son he is not a good Christian because he reads a FICTIONAL book?

Later that night, as we were getting his clothes laid out for school he said "Mom, I think I want to wear my Gryffindor shirt to school tomorrow" I said that was fine, and then he said "I want to bring my book to finish reading during quiet time too." I said okay. When I picked him up from school the next day I asked him how his day was. He said "Good" I then asked him if he read his book. He said "Yes, and she didn't say anything about it." So I decided not to do anything just yet.

Fast foward to today, just over a week later. He comes home and says "Mom, She told me 'NO Harry Potter for you' again today". I asked him why, and he said he didn't know, she just said he couldn't read it. He is in the right reading range for it, so there is really no reason for him not to be able to read it. I have read the books, and discuss them with him as well, making sure that he understands that it is fiction. I sent the teacher an email tonight, telling her that Joshua told me there is a problem with him reading Harry Potter. I know that children can sometimes misconstrue things that are said, so if she could please contact me and let me know if there is a problem. I left it open enough for her to tell me her reasoning.


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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 2:32pm
what kind of AR program do you all have, i know there are few out there. We just adopted a new one about 3 years ago I guess, we are starting our 3rd year anyways. the program just about all the books out there are AR books so then there is no question to what the kids can read. Harry Potter is AR through this program.

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 4:15pm

We have had the same issues before with AR.

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 4:17pm

I'm really interested to see what she replies back to you with in the email.

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 5:04pm
This is one reason why I like the Rennissaunce AR program we have because just about every book out there is covered in it so the kids could read what they wanted and still count for AR. Even the books the teachers read to them they could take a test on.

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 9:03pm

That is exactly my thought! If it interests the child, and is really not going to damage him in any way, then he should be allowed to read it. She did not respond to my email today, so I'm still waiting!


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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 9:05pm
He is still reading the book, but on his free time at home, and he will be allowed to test in AR on it. I am still waiting for a response from her. If I don't hear back from her by monday, my next step is the principal.

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 9:07pm
nathanielsmom110100 wrote:

I'm really interested to see what she replies back to you with in the email.


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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 12:11am
The Accelerated Reader Program. The issue was, the boy did not test high enough to read the Harry Potter book he wanted to read, so the teacher was "making" him read other books until he tested high enough to read the book he wanted. Which seems pretty stupid to me - if the book is too hard, the kid won't read it. If they really want to struggle through it, then they will learn a lot.

I guess I get my attitude from when I moved in 7th grade. At the public library when we signed up for cards, the librarian showed me the shelf for "7th Grade". I had read most of them years before. I asked if I could read books from the adult section and she raised her eyes and asked my mom if it was ok. My mom was always fine with anything, as long as we were reading. That was the first week I checked out a brown bag full of books there.
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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 12:20am
The reason I suggested the Narnia and Wizard of Oz books is because they are books that "Christians" (of a certain type) like to ban from libraries because they have witches, magic and talking animals in them.

I have to admit, I really hate the "holier than thou" attitude, it is right up there along with the "because I am the expert, and you are "just" the parent" bit as though I don't know how my kids work. (I have one with special needs who gets services at the local school.)

I will be interested to see what she says. Have you asked you son about more details? Is she continuing on with the "Christian" stuff?
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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 9:16am

I asked him again last night, and he said she didn't say anything more to him. He was kind of vague on the details of it. I don't want to pump him too hard for information either.

I am going to take him to the public library and see if he wants to read the narnia books, I think he would like them. The school librarian is also big on helping them choose books they like, not books that she likes. She guides them to choose books that interest them, not just books their teacher will "approve" of.

I really hate that what she is doing is quashing his love of reading. He is in the 4th grade and has an 8th grade reading level, so he should be able to choose books that are at his reading level.