I don't really need any advice, I guess, I am just nervous and need to vent a little before I do this.
My kids have started attending the public schools down the street after being home-schooled and then going to a charter school for three years. We were really excited about them being so close to home and about how many more opportunities they will have in this much larger shool district.
My youngest, Evan, the only vegetarian in our family, BTW, is in the 5th grade. His teacher seemed nice, to me, at the "meet the teacher" night, but after the first day of school he came home and said "I hate her guts. She's really mean and she is just like Ms. Judy."
Ms. Judy was a teacher at his old school who was really nicey-nice to the parents, but obviously a phoney, and a real terror to the kids.
I have been gettting consistent messages that the new teacher does not have much respect for kids, or any different opinions, and probably should not even be a teacher. Yesterday she told Evan, something to the effect of "Vegetarians do too eat marshmallows. Vegans don't. You need to pick one and quit complaining." after he forgot and ate a marshmallow and did not want to eat any more.
First of all, what kind of idiot adult forces kids to eat something that is almost pure sugar? Second of all, she has constently badgered him about anything that he has done that does not conform strictly to what she wants. She even made a snide comment about how his picture interpretation of a book was different than everyone else's. At one point, she made a comment to another parent we know about how she "likes to stifle any creativity." because the guy's child had doodled on a notebook. The man is an artist and was considered an artistic prodigy as a child, so he is not too thrilled either.
Anyway, I am going to tell the principle that I wanted Evan to have a teacher that would help make the new school a good experience for him, and since he has to be with his home-room teacher almost all day, I want him in another class.
There is a lot more, but I have to get off of here.