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It’s not my fault

Too often parent-teacher conferences are based on the inadequacies of the parent or in my recent experience….the student. I asked my students principal why he is doing poorly in a specific class. His answer was for me to look at my child. Knowing he has always been a decent student, I instead decided to take a look at the California State Standards test results. I was appalled by what I found. The school my child attends is keeping a teacher on staff who’s classes as a whole consistantly fall well below California’s state standards. In fact, for his grade and in this particular subject, they scored the lowest in the county. Her classes have scored as low as in the 16th percentile. This is not acceptable to me. When I inquired to the principal as to how this could be, he once again placed the responsibility on my childs shoulders.

During a meeting I had with all of my sons teachers and the principal (they also invited the ex-principal) one of the teachers actually stated “We can only do so much with the product we are given. We have to do what we can with what walks through the door.” I would like to point out that this statement was given about not only my normally above average student, but the rest of the children living in my community. This is the attitude of the people we trust to protect, and teach our children everyday.

I was told by the principal that my child would be excluded from extracurricular activities because he needs to be held accountable. Who is holding the teachers accountable?