Julie - posted on 11/09/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )
My second grader just returned to school this year. He was in public school for Kindergarten and homeschooled last year. He started the year with D's and F's but tested end of second year for Reading. The teacher also said he was not completing all his classwork. The teacher feels he does not complete his work due to defiance. My son says he does not understand nor have enough time. I asked her to send the work home and she said no. Her rationale is he needs to take the grade for incomplete classwork if he does not do it at school and not have a chance to complete at home. She says if he gets a D or F then that is what he has earned and I should accept it. Then, recently he bought home a test with a 65% in Science. I asked for a retake since her policy is anything under 70% can be retaken. She told me that was the retake because the first test was 30%. I asked for the test and she said the whole class did poorly and it was not sent home to anyone and she said "I will be keeping the test." I had to go through the principal to get a copy. Also, I never knew he took this test. She posted the Reading/Math testing dates but not Science. When I spoke with the principal about all this and asked to be informed of Science test dates so I could help my 7 year old study. I was told not only should I not being helping with homework but he should be preparing for tests on his own. Also, I should let him earn his own grade for independent studying even if it is a D or F. I should not help him in any way because he needs to learn how to be independent. Just wanted to add - he has the current "Teacher of the Year" What are your thoughts?