Now, please take note that this mom comes from New York State where the CCSSI got an early start and the parents are a little further along into actually SEEING the damaging effects it is having on kids. So...if you are from another state...this is very likely to be YOU in a couple of years (if you aren't already there).
It is long, but very passionate, informative and well worth the read. PLEASE share this post and help spread the passion.
After reading the letter both teachers called her on speaker phone...I'm guessing she expected a bit of defensiveness, but according to her explanation the teachers were crying. Because everything she said in her letter was true and in two years no parent had every verbalized these things so powerfully! For that reason we will keep the identity of the letter writer anonymous, because, sadly, we do feel we need to protect the teachers and her son from retaliation.
She wishes to keep the identities anonymous, because, sadly, we do feel we need to protect the teachers and her son from retaliation.
First, here is her post to the Facebook page:
"I was compelled to write a letter to my sons school last week, 8 years old, 3rd grade, after I received a vm from both his teachers, concerned that for one night, my son missed a homework, the first since September, because I finally realized we had been doing this homework for weeks from the NYS CCLS exam test prep book. Should have realized it when hw was taking 1-2 hours longer than before. We refused the tests in January. So when they checked home works and saw that my son, for the first time, did not complete the assignment he stated to them quietly and respectfully that "his mother decided he doesn't have to take practice preps for a test I'm not taking". This the reason for the vm I received. Anywho, long story short, my son brought in a pretty thick envelope, containing my letter, addressed to both teachers, school admin, and district venting my fears, concerns and frustrations. 15 minutes after class's began, both teachers called me from a separate room, having called someone in to watch class, to speak to me on speakerphone. One of his teachers was hysterical! The other sobbing! I was afraid something had happened to my boy. NO! Their emotions were based on the fact that in let alone the past two years of this damaging curriculum, but their entire careers, has ANY parent spoken out so proficiently, emotionally, and strong fully against the many wrongs that are being shoved down our throats to the once highly regarded NY PS system. Now they, along with my many teacher friends, my family and other parents have BEGGED me to get this letter out into public forums, the media, newspapers, showing an honest parents perspective on what the heck is going on in school and in our homes every night. My dilemma.....how do I do this? I feel no need to be anonymous, I stand by every word I typed. My son, obviously needs to be anonymous, for fear of possible backlash, along with his teachers names. I will forward the letter to anyone who will read it, thinks it can make a difference, and knows the channels to take to make it public. Help?"
I am HAPPY to help! ;) And here is that letter...let's make it go viral!!!
Originally posted on: http://gigiacademy4mykids.blogspot.com/2014/04/one-mothers-heart-bleeds-onto-page.html