One mother was quite furious when she read what her son’s teacher had to say about one of his recent homework assignments. However, her son wasn’t the reason for the error on the assignment. According to Mommy Page, Lori Garcia is livid about the rude comment her son’s teacher wrote on his paper. As a matter of fact, she was so angry that she shared an image of the assignment on Facebook. She also posted details about the debatable issue on Babble.
Garcia explained that the Home Ready Log was actually complete but she simply forgot to sign the bottom of it. So, the teacher, “Warning Incomplete – Parent Signature” in big bold orange letters across the entire page. Garcia found the action to be quite rude, so she took to Facebook for advice on how to handle the situation.
Here’s what she had to say in the Facebook post.
“I get it. I get that my son’s teacher wants parents invested in checking off the completion of every assignment. I get that she wants parents to know what’s going on, but I’d like to believe this truth is evident by the quality of the work he turns in—by the nicely written penmanship, by his carefully written name scrolled across every worksheet (front and back), and by the parent-completed reading log.”
Of course, the Facebook post sparked a debate about whether the teacher’s actions were appropriate. While many viewers felt the mother took the situation out too seriously, others felt the teacher’s actions were inappropriate.
“I am both a teacher and a parent. I agree that this teacher’s way of showing that a parent signature makes this assignment incomplete is a bit over the top. A small, written message would have sufficed. That being said, I feel there is so much pressure on teachers these days in way of paperwork, test scores, etc and so on. I find that giving homework is not always productive. Heck, I’m a teacher and I have a hard time understanding my own kids’ homework assignments. I mostly want my students to read, read, read and learn responsibility… I think a short discussion with the teacher would be beneficial for both you as the parent and for her. Apologize for not signing, but let her know how your son felt when seeing the huge, orange INCOMPLETE. It is never okay to embarrass a student or make them feel like they’ve done something wrong, when clearly, in this case, your son hasn’t,” one reader said.
“The teachers behavior was indefensible. The ‘note’ was unprofessional, rude, and unnecessary. If she’d done that to my child I would have taken it straight to the principal, and demand the teacher apologize to my child for embarrassing and scaring her,” another agreed.
“Apologize to the teacher and sign the homework. Also, ask her if your kid needs to do anything differently at school. You kinda sound like one of those parents who might not know how annoying their kid is,” one reader said.
Do you think the teacher’s actions were rude? Or is the mother blowing the situation out of proportion?
[Image via Lori Garcia]