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 - 12:43am
Well, I don't have a lot of good advice. What about reading different books, say, Wizard of Oz Series, Narnia (Lewis Carroll was a VERY devote Christian and wrote some well known treatises) um, Book of Three, Alice In Wonderland, Lord of the Rings....oh, not quite boy stuff, but what about Judy Bloom?

Personally I would be highly affronted if my kid was not allowed to read any book that was in the library that my child wanted to read. I hope that you get some insight on this other than it personally offends her.

A friend of mine told me last year she was worried about how her son was going to do in 4th grade, because the teacher had a policy saying that anyone referring to President Obama must refer to him as "He who shall not be named." What a great way to teach kids respect for authority, huh!

Worst comes to worst, look up the most banned books, and have him bring those to school to read, LOL!
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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 9:12am
Worst comes to worst, look up the most banned books, and have him bring those to school to read, LOL!

lol! You crack me up.

Re: the Obama comment - I can't believe a teacher would bring up anything political in class. Especially something that nasty.

Debbie - I'll be interested in hearing what the teacher has to say. I have no idea how someone who is a teacher would ban an incredible book series like Potter from her class. If she has really done that I would cause some big waves...
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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 10:50am

he is on the 5th book, and has been reading it all summer. I think I'm going to talk to the librarian and get her input too. I talked to her on back to school night, and she seems sad for me that Joshua had the teacher he had! LOL

As far as the Obama thing, I feel the same way LOL, but I would NEVER tell my kids that! IMO, politics and religion do NOT belong in the classroom.


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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 10:54am
I did see the teacher today quickly in passing. She asked me if Joshua had said anything to me about what was going on. I told her I sent her an email. I was in the drop off line, so I couldn't stay to chat. She said she will check her email. I have a feeling there is more to it than what Joshua is telling me, but we shall see!

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Wed, 08-31-2011 - 11:51am
Yes, it could be that he is reading HP when he is supposed be reading history...but her whole attitude from the beginning seemed, well strange.

That same school with the president thing...the same kid, the year before, the teacher said the kid could ONLY read books from the AR list, and not anything else. The mom asked, "well sure, for his required 30 minutes, then he can read Harry Potter." "NO!" the teacher replied. "He can only read the AR list, even on his own time!" The mom basically blew off the teacher and told her son that after the 30 minutes, he could read what he wanted. What a way to kill a love of reading!

There was lots of other stupidness at that school, all kind of ingrained and approved in the teacher's lounge by the other teachers. (I had friends who substituted there. They were appalled.) Part of the reason we homeschool now, even though my goal was to teach at public school....I can't stand stupidness.
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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 12:13pm
You would not believe how mad this makes me! It's not up to the teacher and her religion what your child reads. If it's in his AR level, than it's really not up to her. It can be so hard to find something a child likes to read, why would you want to squash that?

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 1:49pm

I am truly disgusted and appalled by this teacher's attitude, and honestly (I don't mean this in a negative way to the poster who suggested it; I realize it was a suggestion of ways to keep the peace)

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 2:25pm
Good for you for remaining calm, because I was a little hot under the collar reading your post. I would have so felt the same way about it too, where does she get off bring religion into school period but then to basically to imply he was not a good christian because he read it. I am glad he was brave enough to wear and bring his Harry Potter stuff to school. Gloves would have come off just like you when she said he could not read the book. As far as I am concerned a child is able to read what they want unless it's has been band from the school Library or the reading level is above them. I am eager to hear what she has to say.

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 2:28pm
Sorry I had to laugh at "he who shall not be named". I agree not the best way to teach a child respect and I would not do it personally but I love it. You crack me up with worst come to worst look up banned books and have them bring those to school, this would be so something my DH would say. He wants a teacher to teach our kids not tell them what they can and can not read .

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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 2:29pm
nope politics and religion don't belong in school at all.

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