Tuesday, December 8, 2009

School ain't gone help none!


Oh my God! Today, I meet a real-life version of Mary Jones, the mother of Precious from Sapphire’s noted novel Push. It’s just that in this case, Precious is an underachieving sixteen year old male who is currently failing my class.

I have never in my life had a parent conference like this. She screamed at me, insulted me, and called me names. And all of this because her child made the choice to not complete course assignments.

The poor child has a very low average in my class and the cause of the low score is six zeros for unattempted work.

I don’t care about a student’s grades. That is not my concern or something I should be concerned about. I care about a student learning. If a student learns, their grade reflects that learning. However, in this child’s case, as seen in the very low average, learning has not occurred.

As I am sitting in the conference, I could not help but think:
Why are you having a conference with a week left in the semester?
Why did you act like I have not been calling you all semester to discuss the child’s very low average?

This Conjure (love you, Purveyor) had me sitting in that meeting feeling like Ms. Weiss (Mariah Carey’s character from Precious).

And you know you lying about that welfare!

I don’t think I can legally go into great detail (oh, I swear my education director reads my blog) but know that this Conjure gave me a headache and it is still lingering… although this glass of Marker’s Mark is making me feel slightly better…

13 comments:

mackson said...

I am sorry for you anf for that child.I bet you felt more like Precious than the child.Oh well, i for one think that teachers should get paid more. Then you could afford more Marker's

That Dude Right There said...

And that's why I could never be an educator. All of that professional training flies out of the window when I am disrespected.

Michael said...

Corey I am so happy you are back to blogging...you are the F-ing ruler of the world (I love Purveyor as well)! As a fellow educator I can completely understand how you are feeling right now. I am out of the classroom right now but I have had my share of bad conferences and unmotivated children. I am sure you handle it well and are looking forward to winter break! Keep up the great posting I've missed reading about you.

Q said...

(wink)

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