Well today I took some time to skim, not read, my son’s new school handbook for the 2011/2012 school year. I didn’t read the whole thing because it’s 32 pages long and pretty out there. I mean I understand giving kids rules and structure, but its reading more like a military school rule book than a charter school handbook. They are supposed to be turning out the next generation of responsible dependable adults, not little cadets for the Air Force Academy. And the grading scale is so lax it’s laughable. You be the judge, click here to glimpse it for yourself.
The link should take you directly to the school website. Let me know if it doesn’t. Anyway…
Last year I contested the handbook and won because their tardy policy was by far one of the most ridiculous things I’d ever read. But I’ll be damn if they didn’t find a way to make it worse. Am I being overly sensitive? I mean I’m sending him there to get an education, but I feel more like they are trying to conform him. But into what?
Tomorrow we have Mandatory Show Day at my son’s school. I don’t think I’ll take him along I mean why drag him back into that school before necessary right? I think I’ll let him enjoy his sleep while I’m down there fuming like always. Those people make me so mad. And the sheep just sit back and except everything because they are scared of getting kicked out. I know that’s why. Well that’s not me, I stand up for my kid. No matter what. If I don’t who will?
Education wise, it’s a pretty good school, though I do feel their education goals are a little low, but that’s a Colorado thing, not a JICMS thing. Their expectations are low because the expectations of the state Board of Education are low. I mean a 79 a C? A 62 is a D? If I were to take him home to NC with 62’s he’d be put back a grade, or two. There a 62 is an F, no way around it.
They are just so uptight. 8 hour school days, plus 2 to 4 hours of homework afterward. Why is so much homework necessary when they’ve already pulled a full 8 hour shift. I swear if he wasn’t so close to High School I wouldn’t even send him back. But, like I’ve stated before, college is very important, so High School has be started off on a sturdy foot.
Did you skim that handbook? Are we just over-reacting, or is it as much as we, my hubby and I, think it is?