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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.
1st-Aug-2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know if she handled it completely correctly. Looking in the file for sure but I think a lesson in how to handle yourself without screaming would have been in order too.
1st-Aug-2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
No, the commenter screamed, not the teacher.
2nd-Aug-2008 05:25 am (UTC)
The commenter was the child. The child screamed for no apparent reason (there was a reason as the commenter said but no one other than the commenter would have been aware of it). The teacher should have both praised the child for being correct after verification and told the child that screaming was not an appropriate response to the question.

No offense meant...this is coming from someone who does not have a kid and has limited teaching experience (and all to adults or late teens).
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