Yet another phone call from the school… the head of the art department called me this morning- Damien was in her class for this term, and what it boils down to is that he has done nothing…
She said she has spoken to him, and threatened him, and he has promised her he’ll work- now she thinks that if the work is too much, he should be in a school where art is not necessarily a focus area.
I listened politely and quietly, and I then told her that she should have called me weeks ago- rather than leave it till the day he’s supposed to hand in his work. Threatening Damien with calling me or a detention or something will quite literally go in one ear and out the other, and then when he walks out the class- he’ll have forgotten whatever she told him! I also mentioned that if she had attended the meeting I called at the beginning of the year with all Damien’s teachers (when a lot of them didn’t show) she would have known that I would want her to call me immediately if he was giving her problems or he was battling. With his ADD & his treatment it is vital that I know as soon as there is a hiccup because something that would be a “small” issue with most kids is a potential disaster for Damien.
I could tell she wasn’t happy with what I said, but I am very unhappy with her only calling me now. I mean, I call the school myself at least once a week to speak to the head of the grade eight department (let’s call her Mam C) and I’m still waiting for the teachers feedback forms for Damien’s doctor (that I’m supposed to get once a month). I’m also still waiting for Mam C to let me know when we can meet- the counselor, Mam C and myself- and this meeting is supposed to take place at their convenience! I’m getting seriously desperate here… it’s nearly the end of the second term for crying out loud!!
There Is Never An Excuse
One in three is not a statistic - one in three is a crying shame.