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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 10:20 am (UTC)
I don't understand teachers like that...
Even my second grade teacher thought I must be simple because I never followed along with the class when she was reading those large print books...
So she tried to pair me up with more "advanced" students and then was rather shocked to realise, that actually, I was just already literate and merely rather more interested in watching birds fight eachother outside the window than reading along with her book.

Of course, on the first day she also paired me up with one of those so called advanced students because she assumed by my spacey expression that I was a new student that year and needed showing around the school... I take a special kind of joy that that "advanced" student works at a hardware school now, I mean, not anything against hardware...

Of course, I still can't get why she never tried asking me?
If I could read already or if I really was new (as opposed to having been there since just a bit into year 1?

Oh... primary school teachers... they can be quite special people...
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