My son is in 1st grade. The 2 teachers have a colored card system for behavior. All kids start the day on a *green* card. If they misbehave, they have to turn their card to yellow. If they are pretty bad, it gets turned to blue, if they are very bad, it's red. My son got a *yellow* once at the very beginning of the school year for answering a question without raising his hand. Another time, for giving the wrong answer I wasn't happy with that, a yellow for a wrong answer? Whatever. We've always told him to try his best and be respectful. He even got an award for being the most respectful in the school :)
Anyway, an issue has come up two times in the past week and I'd like some opinions (but please, don't be rude). Last Friday, he told me as soon as I walked in to pick him up that he got a yellow, but that he didn't do anything wrong. The teacher said, the whole class got yellow today. Later my son told me some kids were too loud in the cafeteria and the teacher said they were 'out of control' and gave each kid a yellow. Not really fair, IMO, and my son said he wasn't even talking at lunch. Well yesterday, same thing .... I pick him up and he is almost in tears over getting another yellow at lunch. He told me that he was waiting in line to walk out and someone from behind pushed and they all fell forward. The teacher gave them all yellows again! My son questioned it, and the teacher said that *most* kids were bad at lunch. My son said, well MOST doesn't mean ALL and he is right! He was so upset that he didn't want to go to school today. I'm not saying my kid is prefect, but honestly he's a well behaved kid and is also honest and would tell me if he did something wrong. I've told him not to worry, what matters is that he knows he didn't misbehave and all that. But, this is twice in a week for something I don't think was fair.
What would you do now? Talk to the teachers, the principal? I always stand up for my kid, that goes without saying. Just curious if this color card system is common and how you'd feel about it.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Mar. 31, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
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