July 18, 2015
My daughter was here for a few years, and our experience was anything but pleasant. Over this time, she struggled both in class and with her self-esteem. We originally were at a charter school in the area, she consistently made the honor roll and was "a pleasure to have in class" on all of her reports. At Carden, she struggled academically, she was still the same sweet girl, and it wasn't that Carden was overly challenging. Realistically, I feel Carden is academically stunted. I went there 25+ years ago, they are still using the same methods of teaching... It's the "Carden way." They have outdated text books some of their teachers, the better ones, actually go online to print out worksheets to help the students adjust to the times of today.
My daughter specifically struggled with her most recent teacher the most. It was a challenging year for us, my daughter would come home crying, felt her teacher disliked her and that she was basically a bully. As an educator, I feel it is important to build up a students self esteem and character, not break them down. She was verbally aggressive, even punished for "eating to slow" at one point. There was a point that my daughter, who sat in the back of the class, complained to her teacher that she couldn't see. She didn't mention it to me until I took her to her annual appointment where she was prescribed glasses, she smiled at me and said "see, I told my teacher I couldn't see!" I asked her what she meant and she described how her teacher basically called her a liar, reprimanded her for being distracting by telling her she couldn't see the board. When I asked her what she said to the teacher, she said basically, "can I move to the front of the class, I can't see the homework." And the teacher reprimanded her, I asked if it was rude, in the middle of the teaching, she told me no, she was polite and raised her hand... And I believe her. I didn't pull her out in the middle of the school year because I felt she needed to go through this tough part with this teacher, build some character, kids can't just have easy teachers. This teacher was more than tough. Now that we are in the Elk Grove school district, my daughter loves going to school, she loves her new teacher and carries herself with more confidence then before. The enrollment of the school is down, kids don't stay long, now I know why.
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- submitted by a parent