Honestly, if I could just have the attention of every single teacher out there for a moment...
Last I checked, and I may be wrong, YOUR job wasn't to bully, to be a tyrant, to belittle and make afraid, to rule over, or to verbally abuse the students you have in your care.
Your JOB is to uplift, educate, partner with parents, build confidence, improve self esteem, protect, offer a helping hand, and mentor the students in your care.
Somewhere along the way, some of you have become disgruntled, bitter, dictators of your classroom and not only do your actions cause your students to resent you and disrespect you, but it causes parents like myself (who actually LIKE to work and partner with you in the education of our children) to come unglued and go to battle...against you.
To all those teachers who actually love their jobs and understand the important role you play in our children's lives, you deserve a standing ovation for all the hard work you do!
Having said all that...
When you have an OCD child that struggles with perfection in herself, the LAST thing on earth she needs is a tyrant for a teacher. Unfortunately, we've been cursed with two math teachers in the past two years that prefer to tear down rather than lift up. What the hell is wrong with you math teachers? My math teachers in high school were wonderful and kind! Not bitter, pinched faced, and living on students baked in pies.
Here it is, at the end of the semester, and Bren took a math test today. It was worth 16 points. She missed ONE question. She made an A+. BUT... Bren forgot a pencil, and this teacher is known for her wrath so instead of asking of a pencil because she didn't think the rant would be worth it, she took the test in pen. On the syllabus it states "all work must be done in pencil." Never states the point deduction for violation.
The teacher then decided to take 5 points off for the pen. So instead of a 15/16 she receives a 10/16. That's a D my friends. FOUR LETTER GRADE deduction for taking the test in pen.
Now I would have been fine with one letter grade deduction. OR, she could have taken the 5 points off the grade not the test. Because as it is calculated, there is a huge difference between deduction of POINTS vs. deduction of PERCENTAGE. Bren lost percentage, not points.
I'm sorry, but I'm a believer in the punishment should fit the crime. This isn't even close to being an appropriate consequence. And of course, my little OCD girl is in a frenzy!
And what teachers like this don't realize, listen up teachers...this is important: ALL THIS TAUGHT MY DAUGHTER WAS, ONCE AGAIN, TEACHERS ARE OUT TO GET YOU AND COULD CARE LESS ABOUT ALL THE STUDYING AND HARD WORK THAT YOU GIVE. ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS DOMINATING AND MAKING YOU FEEL LIKE CRAP WHEN YOU FAIL AT THEIR GAMES.
So congrats to all you tired, overworked, hate your jobs teachers out there! You've managed to wound yet another spirit. Hope you sleep well tonight!