An open letter to my son’s kindergarten teacher:
We lost this year.
I am sure you are going to go home and pat yourself on the back for a job well done, but the truth is, we lost this year. My son started out this year happy. He loved learning and was excited to go to school.
He lost all of that.
He was immature and struggled with self-control. Change is difficult for him. We chose to wait a year and start kindergarten at 6 to let him mature another year. You could have come alongside of him and helped him, but instead, you crushed his spirit.
You see, I was in the classroom.
I watched you yell and be impatient with these kids. I watched you alienate and single out the kids who needed more support. In a world where bullying is such a hot topic, my son had a bully for a teacher.
But I have never said a negative word about you to my son. I still believe it is important for him to respect his teachers, even when they don’t respect him.
You were so focused on teaching your students their letters and numbers. You measure your success with their test scores and reading ability. You were so focused on passing out homework and discipline to control behaviors.
But, you missed something more important.
You missed teaching them life skills.
You missed teaching them empathy.
You missed teaching them self-control.
You missed teaching them respect and patience.
You missed teaching them how to help others and work in a group.
So we will spend our summer building our son’s spirit back up and praying for a more patient first grade teacher.
But I just needed you to know, we lost this year.
A loving parent who misses her happy child
* This letter was sent in by a reader. While it is not meant to shame or hurt any teachers, it is unfortunately the truth for so many kids that “don’t fit”. My hope in sharing this letter, is that others will see how much these children struggle and see them in a different light next year. All children deserve to be heard and understood.
If you have a child that doesn’t fit, you might want to check out some of these resources to help you understand them better.
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