I mentioned in my last post the one that just left. Here’s the “new’ one.
On Friday we will have been in school for 64 days. Today was his first day. Ever. He has never been to school. He has been to pre-school, his mom said……”for a couple of weeks…”. Oh, and she has taught him how to “defend himself”……. Just wonderful.
I have 30 kids who know how to obey the rules (more or less). I have 30 kids who know the routines and procedures (more or less). And I have one little boy who is acting like the rest of them did on the first day of school three months ago. And he knows about what most of them did three months ago. That would be …. NOTHING.
See the thing is, in our STATE, (it’s a law), we are supposed to retain kids after they miss 20 or more days of school. In practice that hardly ever happens, but this is the equivalent of three times that. Granted, he was never enrolled so they aren’t technically absences, but when it comes down to missed days of instruction, it slices the same. He can’t write the first letter of his name.
When mom dropped him off this morning, she mentioned that he had a fever yesterday, but that he was “OK today”. No. At lunch recess, (before the nasty turkey dogs for lunch) he threw up and had a 102.5 fever. So he didn’t even finish one day of school. And since he has to be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours before he can return to school, he will miss at least tomorrow as well.
The AP said, “Well, you’ll just have to try to get him caught up.” Right, I’ll do my job, but mom is going to be doing a WHOLE BUNCH as well, or I’m not passing him to first grade.
It’s things like this that make me think that parents should have to pre- qualify to be parents. At the very least they should be held more responsible for the way they raise their kids. The really sad thing is, I’m sure this mom really loves her kids, and the kids love her. She just isn’t doing a very good job. The only reason I heard for the kid not being enrolled sooner had something to do with the mom not having a birth certificate, which is mandatory for kindergarten registration. But I don’t know any place where it takes three months to get a copy of a birth certificate.
Why does the kid replacing the lowest kid in my class, still have to be the lowest kid in my class? It’s not fair.