During the year I spent working as a school counselor, I wanted to put a sign on the door of my office that said, “Parents: you are not doing your children a favor by excusing them from the natural consequences of their choices.” That sign would have cut my work load–and stress–in half. I’ve been thinking about that sign a lot as this school year winds down.
This morning, I received the following email from a counselor colleague:
_____ is currently getting an “F” in your _____ class ____ period. She feels she will not be able to get her percentage up enough to pass, and therefore has signed up for AIS Eng. 4, second semester. Would you please allow her to use class time to work on her course? She has a full-time job and any time she could use to work on the AIS class would help her a great deal! Please have a discussion with her about it and thanks!
This was my instant response:
_____, _____ “feels” like she isn’t going to pass, so you want her to stay sitting in my class but doing what she wants for the AIS you’ve gone ahead and signed her up for instead?
I’m sorry, but that’s ridiculous. What kind of message does that send? What precedent does it establish? Continue reading