Another year, another grade. Somehow I didn't stop to consider, when I decided to have a kid, that it would be tantamount to revisiting every grade, every subject, every heartache. I know there are a lot of children you oversee who are really struggling. Some of them are working through some tough family shit. Others are significantly academically challenged. I realize that my own child is very fortunate in her small school, in her safe clique. She has parents who really care to help her to achieve.
Nonetheless, as we stand on the precipice of another school year, I have to ask you to benevolently grant us the following:
- A good teacher, who will engage my child without stressing her out. One who will require her to think, even as her mind wanders.
- Some clear assignments (with articulate and age-appropriate instruction) to help her to learn.
- Some traction. Please let us take some of the lessons learned from last year and apply them to this one - any and all of them.
- A focused child - one who has the ability to keep it together after a 10 hour day so that she can do another hour of homework.
- Patient parents who have the ability to keep it together after a 10 hour day to help the kid to learn (without semi-regularly throwing out snide remarks about not wanting to do this anymore because it's too unpleasant).
- Good humour (see above).
- No assignments that have anything to do with Nunavut. Please.
Thank you and best regards, K