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The recent misspelled name post reminded me of this gem. Lets go… 
30th-Jul-2008 05:47 pm
The recent misspelled name post reminded me of this gem.

Lets go back 20 some-odd years to kindergarden. We were learning how to write our names. My name is spelled Jaime, as opposed to Jamie. Not only did the teacher tell my I was spelling my name wrong, she called my parents and threatened to fail me because I refused to spell my name Jamie. When my parents told her my name is in fact spelled Jaime, she refused to listen. She even took the time to yell at my parents and tell them they were wrong for teaching me to read and write before kindergarden(both activities that I loved to do when I was that young). The teacher then told the principal that my parents were undermining her teachings and filed a complaint with the superintendent of the district. This resulted in a meeting between the super, my parents, and the teacher. All was resolved when my parents showed my birth certificate that in fact had my name spelled Jaime.

It boggles my mind that the teacher had to go that far just to be told by her bosses' boss I had in fact been spelling my own name right. Then to tell my parents it was wrong to teach me basic reading and writing? I mean come on. Seriously.
31st-Jul-2008 10:10 am (UTC)
Really? I mean, I know that used to happen when I was in primary school and whatnot, but from some research I'd heard it wasn't really evident that being held back improved social skills.

I always thought (though I'm not a teacher) that kids being involved in out of school sports activites and whatnot was better for improving social skills than holding someone back in the school system - as they would then have to repeat the same material.

31st-Jul-2008 10:45 am (UTC)
It's not just about social skills, though, that's my understanding. It's about *everything*, especially academic skills, or those that will ultimately affect academic skills.

That's also why there's a push now to have children start kindergarten later - I just read an article in the NYTimes about this - if they're close to the cut off.

A lot of stuff is covered in kindergarten, and it's not all social stuff. There's pre-reading (and, for some kids, actual reading). There's pre-math (or actual math). There's fine-motor skills (overlaps with pre-reading), and gross motor skills, and problem solving, and socialization, and learning all the nitpicky rules for just being in school.

Edited at 2008-07-31 10:47 am (UTC)
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