November 09, 2009
As a teacher, I have, on occasion, expressed concern in a report card that if a student's choices (not paying attention, completing work, catching up from years below grade level) do not change, then I consider that child in danger of dropping out. Research on drop outs indicates that the problem begins years before the child decides to 'opt out' of education. We are often unable to reach parents (frequent phone changes, no answering machine, blocked numbers; notes don't get home ); because of the economy, classes are larger, making home contact challenging; many of us tutor/attend meetings or trainings after school. Instead choosing to be offended, why not talk with the child about the teacher's concern? What can the student change to head off the possibility of failing so badly? Such comments, I assure you, are not made lightly but out of serious worry.
- submitted by a teacher