I have a son in high school, and basically starting this year his teachers have been assigning a lot of group projects, but not giving time to do them in class. He says the teachers want the kids to get together outside of school to work on them. (His high school got a new principal who is really into involving the kids in more collaborative projects.)
Well, it isn't too bad in classes when he has friends and he can pick groups, like in French when he and his group had to make a presentation together. But my issue with this is in classes he has to work with people he doesn't want to - outside school.
About a month ago, his biology class had a group project where the teacher assigned groups to make models of brains... They didn't have time to get together so they decided to "split up the work" which turned into him having to do it all alone.
But that's not the worst, now in his European history class where he doesn't have any close friends, he had to work with these 4 boys who already know each other well on a short video. The problem is that these are kids I'd never let him hang out with if it was his own choice (which it isn't) They're obviously the druggie type, and on the day they plan to get together the house they'll be going to will have no parents or adults there.
I don't feel comfortable having him associate with these boys, and I don't like how his school is having the kids do so much group work outside of school. What would you do if you were me? I want to complain to the school, but he says it would be embarrasing and just to let him be.
on Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM