I knew I made the right decision to homeschool as soon as my ds stopped dreading mornings and started reading for fun. Last night, I gave my son his report card for his completed second grade. (i don't care about his grades so much as he's learning. Being from PS, he wants the grades because he's used to it.) He averaged an A all year.... Pretty impressive considering his teacher in ps had been failing him. So, I'm proud that he cares enough to want to get good grades.
Then he wrapped his arms around me and said, "Mom, thanks for being my teacher. You make me feel smart and you don't let other kids be mean to me when I ask a question. I'm never going back to school again." Talk about breaking my heart!
It's a good thing his former teacher and I don't run in the same circles.... I would have a hard time staying in the right side of the law. No one has the right to make my son feel stupid and allow him to be bullied. The more he has revealed about what went on at that school, the more I wish I had pulled him out sooner!
You've brought him home soon enough to save his tender little heart. He has a greater chance of developing real character and a full heart now, along with the increased potential for self-morivated learning. Don't let the anger at that one teacher eat you up, but rather recognize her frustration at not being able to force one more square peg in a round hole, because that's what SHE has been conditioned to do, and the poor sap is too blind to see she has been hoodwinked into following a sinister plan. It's a broken system, and yes, there are some parts more broken and destructive than others, but we have the opportunity to shine a bright light on what education can be at its best, when it builds character, minds, and whole people.
Thank you all for the encouragement. I'm so thankful that I was able to homeschool. After worrying I was screwing up my son for most of the school year, I now feel like we succeeded and I'm excited for next year.
I dont let the anger at that teacher eat at me. I know it's what she has been taught to do. The stuff he tells me just wakes up the mama bear in me. But I use those emotions to fuel me to be a better teacher, and then to just enjoy him and watch him thrive.
You guys have been great too! I don't always post a lot in here but I try to watch and keep up. It's so good to know others are having struggles, sucesses, and just the normalness that I wasn't sure was normal lol.