As I have grown older and wiser, and taken the advice from many peers, they have often suggested “to wait 24 hours before responding”.
Sleep on it.
Chew on it.
In this case, 24 hours will not change the red I see, or the shame I feel, about an adult BULLY in any school.
This principal is 100% Bull Snake.
This is uncalled for and inexcusable.
What am I so infuriated about?
Read the story first and see if your blood will boil like mine before I comment further.
“My daughter’s school awarded the students who completed the M-STEP (Michigan’s state test) with ice cream sundaes today. My daughter was the only one in her school who refused the test. Soooo… she sat in her class and cried while the other kids ate. She was most hurt by her principal (who explicitly let her know she could NOT have a sundae) and her teacher who coughed out, “don’t give N#% a napkin” to the little girl who passed them out.”
As of 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time, June 4th, 317 comments have been posted to this mother’s story.
Here are four selected comments to give a small taste of the outrage:
1) “What?!? These brainwashed educators are seriously in the wrong career, if tests are more important than a child’s social and emotional well being in their brain, then they need to leave the field. Blindly following those in control is a serious issue in education right now.”
2) “This is abuse!”
3) “This happened to my daughter last year in 5th grade. She was the only one in her entire GRADE who was excluded. She sat for 2 hours alone outside and watched her classmates eat hotdogs and Popsicles and drink Gatorade and play games. I cried for a week straight knowing that my actions caused my daughter to be hurt but I finally realized it wasn’t me who was to blame. It was our rotten admins who are nothing but bullies!”
4) “That’s beyond disgraceful! Every school employee involved in that debacle should be immediately fired! Good teachers and admins would NEVER do that to a child.”
It has been 6 hours since I first read this mother’s frustration and heartache for her daughter.
I’m still infuriated.
My blood is still boiling.
The sad part regarding this story out of Michigan is knowing other children are suffering the same treatment. What is it about some schools treating children with dignity who opt out of the reptilian, invalid tests… and others who have educators acting like snakes?
The little girl in this story is in 3rd grade. 3rd Grade! She is 8 or 9 years old. She sat and watched her classmates making sundaes, eating them, smiling, happy and she was made to sit and watch.
“You’re a bad little girl. You didn’t take the state test. We’ll show you.”
Hmmmm… did this school offer an ice cream party to the children who turned in all of their homework for the year? Did this school offer an ice cream party to the children showing growth in math or reading in their classroom work? Did this school offer an ice cream party to children who wrote a story or a top notch book report? Did this school offer ice cream sundaes to the children who attended school all year and worked hard?
Hmmmm… for what reason, then, do the children in this school get an ice cream sundae party?
For taking a test.
The other 179 days of school don’t matter.
The test does.
This is putrid. Each time I read the story, I can smell the rot.
The love affair the politicians and other powers that be have with this testing obsession… are directly responsible for creating venomous environments for our children. It is sad how some educators, trained to inspire children, are becoming snakes themselves.
Please write the superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools, and let her know this little girl deserves better. I have included the contact information below:
Contact this school
2020 Brockway Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
Phone: (989) 399-4850
Fax: (989) 399-4855
The Superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools:
“Know that we are committed to being ‘all in’ for our students and we hope that you are as well.”
Dear Dr. Peatross,
I’m “all in” for this little girl. I hope you make this right. This little girl deserves a sundae in your office and an apology to her family. I also hope you consider next steps for how principals in your school district are allowed to treat children. This principal publically bullied this little girl in front of her teacher and her peers. As an educator, I am appalled and ashamed by this behavior.
RAZ ON FIRE