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8-Year-Old Gets 'Catastrophe Award' for Most Homework Excuses

Posted by on May. 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM
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8-Year-Old Gets 'Catastrophe Award' for Most Homework Excuses

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The mother of an 8-year-old Arizona girl who was presented with a "Catastrophe Award" for apparently having the most excuses for not having homework believes her child was humiliated by her teacher.

Christina Valdez said her daughter, Cassandra Garcia, came home one day from class at Desert Springs Academy in Tucson, Ariz., with the paper award.

The document, which looks like a colorful card, contained the following message: "You're Tops! Catastrophe Award.  Awarded to Cassandra Garcia. For Most Excuses for Not Having Homework."

The teacher signed the card "Ms. Plowman," added the date - May 18, 2012 - and even included a smiley face.

The teacher announced the award in front of the entire class, and the other students laughed at her daughter, Valdez said in a Thursday interview with ABC TV affiliate KGUN-TV in Tucson.

When she contacted the school to complain, the principal "blew me off," Valdez added. "She said it was a joke that was played and that the teachers joke around with the children."

But Valdez told KGUN that she didn't find any of it funny.

"I think it's cruel and no child should be given an award like this. It's disturbing," she said, adding that she was not aware her daughter had a problem with homework, and that the girl had been enrolled in an after-school homework assistance program.

Desert Springs Academy's principal declined to comment to a KGUN reporter, the affiliate reported.

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kameka
by on May. 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM
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If the teacher truly didn't bring the problem to the mother's attention then yeah, I'd be upset too, but not enough to call the principal, much less the news. I think kids are far too coddled these days. They can't even get their names on the board because it might hurt their feelings.
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Strega
by on May. 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I think it was funny too, and obviously intended for an end-of-the-year Joke. I'm also wondering if there were any other wacky Awards given out. I get the feeling that there were.

People will take offense at anything these days.

Quoting kameka:

If the teacher truly didn't bring the problem to the mother's attention then yeah, I'd be upset too, but not enough to call the principal, much less the news. I think kids are far too coddled these days. They can't even get their names on the board because it might hurt their feelings.


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aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on May. 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

now you have me wondering what other ones they made

Quoting Strega:

I think it was funny too, and obviously intended for an end-of-the-year Joke. I'm also wondering if there were any other wacky Awards given out. I get the feeling that there were.

People will take offense at anything these days.

Quoting kameka:

If the teacher truly didn't bring the problem to the mother's attention then yeah, I'd be upset too, but not enough to call the principal, much less the news. I think kids are far too coddled these days. They can't even get their names on the board because it might hurt their feelings.



Strega
by on May. 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Yeah, when I first heard the story, I just automatically thought that there must be more funny Awards that were given to other Students. I'm really curious.

Quoting aneela:

now you have me wondering what other ones they made

Quoting Strega:

I think it was funny too, and obviously intended for an end-of-the-year Joke. I'm also wondering if there were any other wacky Awards given out. I get the feeling that there were.

People will take offense at anything these days.

Quoting kameka:

If the teacher truly didn't bring the problem to the mother's attention then yeah, I'd be upset too, but not enough to call the principal, much less the news. I think kids are far too coddled these days. They can't even get their names on the board because it might hurt their feelings.




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by on May. 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM
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specialwingz
by Corey on May. 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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I've seen joking around like this at the high school level.  At my boys' graduation practice (where it was more appropriate), there were several jokes like this presented as the kids practiced seating and walking across the stage.  There were awards like "the most tardy, yet passed the class", "never cracked a book, still aced it", "most destined to open their own version of Hogwart's".  All of these were verbal as they announced the kids across the stage.  They were all in fun and none were nasty.  Everyone laughed and couldn't wait to see what their "award" would be.  But, again...that's high school!  8 years old is NOT an appropriate age to be poking that kind of fun!  I would have been up at that school, too.  And, if I didn't get results there, I'd be heading up to the superintendent's office.  If that didn't work...the state board of education would be my next move.  Don't piss off the mama bear!!!! 

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by Adrienne on May. 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I think it's funny and the girl should have done her homework in the first place.  My kids always do their homework and I always make sure of it.  

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on May. 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

yeah i can get that....i know for me...at that age...joking around would prolly make me cry...maybe had they ASKED parents about doing something like that and got feedback from parents...would have been an idea...and then they would have known the impact

Quoting specialwingz:

I've seen joking around like this at the high school level.  At my boys' graduation practice (where it was more appropriate), there were several jokes like this presented as the kids practiced seating and walking across the stage.  There were awards like "the most tardy, yet passed the class", "never cracked a book, still aced it", "most destined to open their own version of Hogwart's".  All of these were verbal as they announced the kids across the stage.  They were all in fun and none were nasty.  Everyone laughed and couldn't wait to see what their "award" would be.  But, again...that's high school!  8 years old is NOT an appropriate age to be poking that kind of fun!  I would have been up at that school, too.  And, if I didn't get results there, I'd be heading up to the superintendent's office.  If that didn't work...the state board of education would be my next move.  Don't piss off the mama bear!!!! 


DawnPratt23
by Dawn on May. 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM
And we wonder why teen.suicide is higher now than 20 yrs ago. If it was.a student teasing these teachers would cry bullying, but you get a free pass because you are an adult?

My son ran away from school because the teacher kept teasing about his hair. Calling him a Nazi for having short hair. His defense, he was joking.

These are young children being centered out amongst peers like this is wrong, and one reason my sons film class decided to do a film on suicide. Teachers aren't equals and should set examples.
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DawnPratt23
by Dawn on May. 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I agree, age appropriate, this wasn't. I do feel for the poor girl.


Quoting specialwingz:

I've seen joking around like this at the high school level.  At my boys' graduation practice (where it was more appropriate), there were several jokes like this presented as the kids practiced seating and walking across the stage.  There were awards like "the most tardy, yet passed the class", "never cracked a book, still aced it", "most destined to open their own version of Hogwart's".  All of these were verbal as they announced the kids across the stage.  They were all in fun and none were nasty.  Everyone laughed and couldn't wait to see what their "award" would be.  But, again...that's high school!  8 years old is NOT an appropriate age to be poking that kind of fun!  I would have been up at that school, too.  And, if I didn't get results there, I'd be heading up to the superintendent's office.  If that didn't work...the state board of education would be my next move.  Don't piss off the mama bear!!!! 


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