Friday, September 11, 2009

My Son And School

After calling Caleb's school today and discussing the situation with his geometry teacher, I decided that I better just GO to his school and get a printout of all of his classes, teachers and find out how to access grades online.

It was WELL worth the trip. The lady in administration heard me out and then proceeded to find his schedule and print it for me. Another lady - a former teacher of Caleb's - remembered Caleb well. She sort of shrugged her shoulders when I asked about whether it was the same in her class as it currently is in geometry - and then said yes.

I'm quite appalled at what's going on here. I asked repeatedly at the end of last school year to see his final report card - I'm assuming there's a reason I didn't see it. Caleb isn't stupid, but it's obvious to me that he isn't very well motivated, either.

In steps daddy. I will not tolerate this kind of crap. I looked at grades in every single class. It shows the activity and it shows the grade given. In one class, he has 3 consecutive F's - with 0's - meaning he must not have turned in ANYTHING. UNBELIEVABLE.

I wrote to every single teacher and asked for their guidance and suggestions they might have. I also asked how he managed to get an F on any of those items that are showing such. Did he miss class? Did he not turn in homework? Is there any way for him to make it up? This stuff is going to affect him when he tries to go to college, that's a FACT.

Whatever has BEEN going on is about to change. I can GUARANTEE that. I definitely have the ability to force this issue with him. The conversation we had coming from his mother's house to mine wasn't exactly pleasant. I wasn't mad at him, but I was definitely not tolerant of his excuses. And now that I have seen with my own eyes his grades, well, he's been forewarned. His weekends over here playing video games, watching satellite TV and surfing the internet will COMPLETELY disappear if I don't see immediate improvement. I mean, within a week - any tests, class assignments, homework - it better be at an acceptable grade - I'm thinking minimum B, but I'll accept a C if he's having difficult in it.

And if he IS having difficulty in any other class, then we're going to have to deal with that as well. Right now, though, he isn't failing any other class. One class he's actually managed to have an A-. No, the full force of intensity will be focused on geometry as it's really an emergency that needs sandbags to stop the river from flowing over the dike.

Well, that's that. I can relax a little - I am not going to confront him on the rest of this nonsense until tomorrow as I have already pretty much caused no small amount of distress today over such. I'm trying to back down a little. I was taken off-guard and by surprise when his Colonel informed me of the failing geometry situation last night and really, that effect has not faded on me since that little conversation.

The weekend is here, though I can't really say I've done much work this week!! lol

G'nite.
ben

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