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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Registered: 10-24-2004
Thu, 09-08-2011 - 6:50pm
Theresa, felt the same way. Girls are very much different than girls and could see some of that reaction but not boys. Boys don't act like that. Beside you are right they do know about facts and fiction books and are made to read those as well so I don't understand what the big deal it.

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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 3:16pm

Why do I have a strange feeling that the teacher is making things up?




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Sun, 09-11-2011 - 10:20pm
Oh gosh Debbie. I just read this and told DH about the situation (he's sitting next to me). He's a 4th grade teacher and said "That's ridiculous!"

On one hand I can understand what she's saying about hurting the other child's feelings, but it really sounds to me as if she's saying that more because of her own personal beliefs.

Sounds like a trip to the principal's office is in order.
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Fri, 09-16-2011 - 8:44pm
It sounds to me like the kids were playing a Harry Potter game. My kids do stuff like that all the time - acting out the books or shows that they have been reading or watching. I did the same thing, only it was Heidi.

I would encourage your son to go to the library and check out every book on witchcraft that he can find! ESP and all would be good too. For goodness sake, do they not have a Scholastic book sale? Of course they have Harry Potter, Charlie Bone and probably The Book of Three and all the Narnia books. Oh, and maybe he should see if they have Lord of the Rings, or at least The Hobbit. From a quick look at Accelerated Reader reading lists, one of the Potter books is 7th grade, and the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are 6th grade. But still, not outside the reading level of kids who attend the school, unless they only cater to stupid kids. (Which according to this teacher, it sounds like they must!) (Sorry, I don't want to sound crass, but really, they should have reading material to challenge everyone who attends the school.)

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