Saturday, November 7, 2009

How Much Is Too Much?

I remember when Middle School was a world away from home, when I could do anything and my parents only knew what I let them know.  Now with technology paving the way, I am forced to keep daily tabs on my son's grades and other miscellaneous hoo ha's. 

The sad thing is that if I don't, I get emails during class time informing me that my kid isn't paying attention.  Ya think?  He's eleven and lazy like every other eleven year old.  Why would a teacher take time away from teaching to let me know such nonsense?  I can see emailing me for particularly bad behavior or if he's failing, or emailing or calling after school.  But to contact parents regularly about a behavior that they obviously find annoying but is not at all effecting his grade, come on.  There has to be some rules, some standard to follow.  I have a teacher emailing me about three times a week and another that I never hear from, regardless of how he's doing. Sometimes, ignorance really is bliss.  He got a B in that class that he "never pays attention" in btw. 

I am the type of person that would rather know everything about everything than be kept in the dark, so the fact that this bothers me means it's pretty bad.  I can't believe that my kid is the only one who they email home about and with each teacher having an average of 100 students, I can't believe that this nonsense makes the list of things to write home about.  I'd hate to see the emails the disruptive or failing kids get.

I'd like to know what you think about it.  How much is too much?  After all, this isn't an all or nothing situation. 

1 comment:

Chkn said...

Isnt it funny how teachers selectively email parents about things? Id take it with a pinch of salt, things like this are usually down to the teachers inabilities [well, in my experience anyways :)] so the first place they come running is you.