SO!!! I work with middle school kids in an inner city setting. I LOVE working with the kids!! Everyday is different and even the tough days are worthwhile in the end. (remind me later that I said that)
This Friday is the end of the 2nd quarter of the year....and report cards are out on February 1st. Due to district scheduling changes (we can talk about that in another post on another day) the kids don't have a "study hall" anymore. Oftentimes the kids don't get their homework done. (what? no way!)
This week two of the teachers I work with decided to have the kids stay after school on Wednesday and make up Tuesday's homework for partial credit. They wanted to give these kids the opportunity to avoid a zero in their average.
I am not sure why I was surprised by the parents' response to the detentions, but yes I will admit that I was a bit surprised.(I am an optimist at heart and always want that happy ending).
"Isn't a detention a bit extreme?"
"My child won't be staying for detention (ever) he has to [FILL IN THE BLANK] today after school"
"You teachers give too much homework anyway"
It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't know that these same parents will be calling in two weeks to complain about Johnny and Susie's report card grades.
"what do you mean Susie is failing your class? why wasn't I notified sooner?"
"Johnny says he did all the work and you lost it"
"It's not my kid's fault, everyone knows the whole district is failing and it's the teachers fault!"