My ds is 14 and sad to say when he doesn't see the point of something he just won't do it or will do the minimal. Now here we are with 4 weeks of school left and all the sudden the teachers want to let me know he is facing retention. I was aware of his grades throughout the year - They sent home a list of "tutors" the school recommends and the school board will pay for....however the ones I selected (3 out of 6) were no longer offered and MANY MANY MANY calls to the department head got me no where. I have grounded, studied with, sat in class rooms, cried, yelled, did the same homework he was working on (acting as a second student because sometimes even I don't "get" the work) We conferenced 3 weeks ago and I was iinformed he needed to bring up his Literature grade or he would be retained. Yesterday the progress reports come home and in 1 week he has went from an A in lit to a F!!! Why? I asked that very question, she "gives in class assignments and xx doesn't finish IN class therefore they are late" ARE YOU KIDDING ME? He has lit 5th period out of 6....so an hour can bring your grade down THAT far? IDK what to do I don't even know what my question is. My dh is of no assistance as he doesn't think school work is that important til he sees the grades then he just flips on the kid for a few minutes, then ask if he wants to go play on the computer!!!!! Is there a bridge nearby?
Answer by mjande4 at 9:33 AM on May. 4, 2011
Sometimes, a child has to fall flat on his face to learn the lesson. Guess he will be repeating the 8th grade!! Lesson learned!!
Sounds like you need to meet with the teacher/guidance/principal again, then you will know you did all you can.
Answer by Crafty26 at 2:58 PM on May. 3, 2011
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Answer by emmyandlisa at 2:56 PM on May. 3, 2011
Wow! I agree it does sound crazy that he can go from an A to an F that quickly. However, I also don't understand how he had an A to begin with if he has been struggling through the year and tutors were suggested. I agree with the other Mom's; sometimes letting your children fall is the best lesson learned. As parent's we have to do this a lot and the only thing we can do is stand by them and help them to pick up the pieces. Maybe you could even talk to his teacher about a summer class or find a way to work with him during the summer on this subject so that next year, when he is repeating the 8th grade, he will be ahead of the game. Good luck to you, I hope you are able to figure this out.
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