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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 11:47 am (UTC)
I'm with you (no surprise in this comm). My partner is still scornful of the grade-school teacher who made a factual mistake, and refused to admit this even after proven wrong. (The teacher claimed that all crystals have six sides, and my partner brought a crystal with a different number of sides in to school to show him.) This was around 1970. It also precipitated his parents pulling him out of that school and school system. I suppose if that teacher defined his "authority" as not being argued with, rather than as being listened to or respected, removing the bright, questioning kids, or even the ordinary-intelligence kids who happened to have observed a fact that he didn't know, might work. That's not teaching. My partner got the useful meta-lesson that if the school did something stupid, his family would back him up, but the kids who stayed in that school didn't.
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