Yesterday I had parent-teacher conference at my son's school. His grades are up, but not as much as I would like them to be.
The teacher, Mrs. M, told me that my son has, J, been getting in trouble for saying in appropriate things. When talking to J he told me that what he had said had been taken out of context. He has went to the principle the other day, but the school failed to inform me of it before the parent-teacher conference. With my work hours I usually only see J for about 30-45 minutes before school. I mostly work 3-11pm putting me at work before he gets out of school and he is asleep when I get home.
Mrs. M told me that the next time he gets in trouble J will have to go to in-school suspension. I have no problems with him having to go to in-school suspension when it deems necessary. Talking in appropriately is a fine reason to go if you aren't going to stop. Then she started talking about how their in-school suspension works.....similar to my SDC in high school. They have to sit in a classroom all day, and even eat their lunch in their. No recess. That is all fine with me. Sounds fair. Then Mrs. M proceeded to tell me that they teach the kids at a lower level. WTF.
Now, how are you going to teach my son at a lower level? I am NOT happy with that and they will NOT put my son in in-school suspension. So Monday morning I am going to go file my intent to homeschool. I won't worry about much learning for rest of the school year. We will concentrate on reading and math. The other subjects can wait until we start our "fall" semester. Reading is something we will do year round.....math we do quiet often. When we are in the car going somewhere he loves to be asked math questions.
We homeschooled last year, and it works great with my work schedule. I will get to see my son a lot more as he won't have to go to bed so early. We can take trips when I have time off. Last year it was great. We would take a trip to Tulsa in the middle of the week, the zoo and aquarium wouldn't be crowded. I won't have to worry about J missing school when we go on vacation in September, a month into public school.
This isn't the first time I have had a problem with the school. We had an issue with bullying last semester. The school only has a teacher in the back watching the kids until the junior high gets out. Once they get out the teacher goes up front. I had problems with junior high kids as well as the older elementary kids.
I love that we will be ale to go at our own pace. We can concentrate on what he needs help with and breeze through what he already knows.
Who knows what this next year will hold for us and our homeschooling. It will be another adventure and it will be interesting to see what he is going to be interested in learning about!