Just as I was publishing another article about teachers in Wisconsin, I came across this other article about this Tampa Mom who had her son stand at a street corner with a sign pointing out his failure at school.
It seems that opinions vary as to whether it was the right thing to do to discipline the child and get him to do something about his grades, which apparently were good up to last year. So I guess we’ll have to keep an eye on the kid’s progress…
I am choosing not to comment about her method at this point but what I want to say to this mom is “good for you Ma’am, at least you are taking charge of your child’s education and not blaming someone or something else for his failure!”
Maybe standing at a street corner will make him realize that it could be his future after all… Have you noticed the people standing on the side walk holding a big sign for this business or another? Well, maybe if they had had a mom like that, they would be working somewhere else… It doesn’t seem like the dream job to me…
At the end of the day, if this kid was doing ok up until recently, his change in results is probably not because of any learning disability. It might be a “teenage crisis” and he has to realize that HE is the one who holds his future. Not his mom, not his dad, not his teachers… HIM.
What I admire is that he has parents that are doing something about it. Some experts might argue that they are not doing it the best way, but one thing that this kid can say is that he has parents who care about him and his education. And that is something that he will remember.
Working with kids every day, you hear way too often about kids who feel that their parents don’t care. And a lot of the time, it may just be the way they perceive a situation but often, it is because parents are too busy to check on anything their kids do.
Well, I say “bravo” to someone who does care enough to make a big deal out of it. Here’s a kid who has some guidance at least. And according to the article quoted above, it seems that the kid gets it and he is going to make more of an effort.
And it is so refreshing to hear about a parent who doesn’t blame it all on the school, or the teachers, or the education system, or the government or God knows what else, and who doesn’t make excuses for her son.
If this is what it took for him to take RESPONSIBILITY for his own life, then it is definitely progress and way more than a lot of kids will ever learn!
( You can see the original article here)