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Wondering

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My son that is in high school came home yesterday from the first day of school and informed me that his teacher gave me homework! The assignment: write a letter 1000 words or less describing my son to her.

I am a parent of 3 children, all of which are straight A students! One in College, one in high school and one in middle school. I work full time during the day and come home to cleaning, cooking and preparing all of us for the next day and do not have time to "do homework"!

I have done my fair share of school work when I was a kid and I think it is extremely unfair to ask parents to juggle assignments like this in our daily mix. Also, the teacher told the class that this is a percentage of their grade and must be done.

Am I the only parent out there that is frustrated with teachers like this?
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Wondering wrote:
My son that is in high school came home yesterday from the first day of school and informed me that his teacher gave me homework! The assignment: write a letter 1000 words or less describing my son to her.
I am a parent of 3 children, all of which are straight A students! One in College, one in high school and one in middle school. I work full time during the day and come home to cleaning, cooking and preparing all of us for the next day and do not have time to "do homework"!
I have done my fair share of school work when I was a kid and I think it is extremely unfair to ask parents to juggle assignments like this in our daily mix. Also, the teacher told the class that this is a percentage of their grade and must be done.
Am I the only parent out there that is frustrated with teachers like this?
Never anything wrong with helping out your kids. Couldn't you write this letter while eating dinner, sitting on the toilet or even while taking a bath? Would only have taken 20 minutes at the most. Come on help out your son. And stop complaining. It may be a way for the teacher to see how involved parents are with their students.
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Aug 23, 2011
 
1,000 words OR LESS about your child is too much for you to handle?

People should have to "qualify" to have children. Then we could eliminate those "parents" who just don't seem to have the time for their kids.
Wondering

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Never anything wrong with helping out your kids. Couldn't you write this letter while eating dinner, sitting on the toilet or even while taking a bath? Would only have taken 20 minutes at the most. Come on help out your son. And stop complaining. It may be a way for the teacher to see how involved parents are with their students.
First of all I never said that I did not do this assignment, in fact I did. As I stated before ALL THREE of my children are straight A students, and have been through every grade. I have an 18 year old, a 15 year old, and an 11 year old and they have NEVER been in any trouble whatsoever! This clearly shows that I am a very involved parent. Anyhow, my only complaint was that the assignment was meant for the parent that is obviously busy with everything else they do in a day. I feel like in this case the teacher asking me to write a 1000 word page is out of line. As far as you pretty much saying that I should multi task a little better, I clearly stated before that I have multiple things that I do after a long days work and do not have time for such riduculous assignments. Read the comments people post clearly before replying.
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1,000 words OR LESS about your child is too much for you to handle?
People should have to "qualify" to have children. Then we could eliminate those "parents" who just don't seem to have the time for their kids.
You are very judgemental. Like the other person that commented. Please read my post completely before commenting. I am a very involved parent. I have 3 kids ages 18,15 and 11 which have all straight A's. Clearly I am not a parent that doesn not have time for my kids. Every single one of my children also have a perfect attendance record at school for the past 5 years. I am a very proud parent, but like I stated before I am very busy with making a living (I have never needed any government assistance) and keeping my house and children in line (my kids have never been in any trouble). So if you think that because I am complaining about doing an assignment that a teacher assigned me to do qualifys me to be a parent that shouldnt have children then your an asshole. I pay for my childrens lunches, I drive them to school and pick them up, my children are not latch key kids, my kids a very loved, my kids are involved in after school activities, and I can keep going on and on. Have you raised any kids before? Can you say the same? Probably not.
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<quoted text>First of all I never said that I did not do this assignment, in fact I did. As I stated before ALL THREE of my children are straight A students, and have been through every grade. I have an 18 year old, a 15 year old, and an 11 year old and they have NEVER been in any trouble whatsoever! This clearly shows that I am a very involved parent. Anyhow, my only complaint was that the assignment was meant for the parent that is obviously busy with everything else they do in a day. I feel like in this case the teacher asking me to write a 1000 word page is out of line. As far as you pretty much saying that I should multi task a little better, I clearly stated before that I have multiple things that I do after a long days work and do not have time for such riduculous assignments. Read the comments people post clearly before replying.
First, you never stated that you did the assignment. And second, everything you said was a complaint. And everyone that works has things to do when they come home from work. Other kids to tend do and a family to take care of. No complaints from them.
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Aug 24, 2011
 
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<quoted text>You are very judgemental. Like the other person that commented. Please read my post completely before commenting. I am a very involved parent. I have 3 kids ages 18,15 and 11 which have all straight A's. Clearly I am not a parent that doesn not have time for my kids. Every single one of my children also have a perfect attendance record at school for the past 5 years. I am a very proud parent, but like I stated before I am very busy with making a living (I have never needed any government assistance) and keeping my house and children in line (my kids have never been in any trouble). So if you think that because I am complaining about doing an assignment that a teacher assigned me to do qualifys me to be a parent that shouldnt have children then your an asshole. I pay for my childrens lunches, I drive them to school and pick them up, my children are not latch key kids, my kids a very loved, my kids are involved in after school activities, and I can keep going on and on. Have you raised any kids before? Can you say the same? Probably not.
You stated that you have to keep your kids in line and then turn around and say they never get in trouble? Sounds like you are confused.
And by the way, I raised 2 kids. Worked at the school and was involved in sports with my kids. I coached soccer, took care of my home and my family. Kids were always on the honor roll. My husband worked full time for 40 years before retiring. Have grandchildren that I watch EVERY day. Do homework with them. But I am not complaining. I do what needs to be done and I thank God I am able to do it.

So why did you even bother to post on this forum if you weren't complaining?
Wondering

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You stated that you have to keep your kids in line and then turn around and say they never get in trouble? Sounds like you are confused.
And by the way, I raised 2 kids. Worked at the school and was involved in sports with my kids. I coached soccer, took care of my home and my family. Kids were always on the honor roll. My husband worked full time for 40 years before retiring. Have grandchildren that I watch EVERY day. Do homework with them. But I am not complaining. I do what needs to be done and I thank God I am able to do it.
So why did you even bother to post on this forum if you weren't complaining?
I am complaining...Im complaining that the assignment was for me when in fact it I am not the one that is in school, I am complaining that SOME teachers NOT ALL forget that there are other things going on in peoples lives that make it difficult to stop and write an assignment like this by the next day. I in fact am not confused, I keep my kids in line and that makes them good kids. I do everything you say you do as well but the difference is is that you were not asked to write this assignment like I was. Every day I help the kids with their homework, work on special projects with them and so on. Im not going to keep on this with you because you obviously think your right and I think I am correct in my opinion. This post was to see if anyone else with SCHOOL AGE children in this time and age are going through the same thing. Although I have alot of bad things to say about what is going on with our school system I do have alot of excellent things to say as well. Seems like it may have been a while since you have had children in the school system?
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First, you never stated that you did the assignment. And second, everything you said was a complaint. And everyone that works has things to do when they come home from work. Other kids to tend do and a family to take care of. No complaints from them.
Also sounds like your were a stay at home working part time at the school, easy to say that you were able to keep up with everything when you pretty much worked school hours. Its not right to compare your life with mine. This wasnt a post to turn into a pissing contest. It was a post COMPLAINING and and wanting to find out if there is anyone else out there with my same frustrations. I have read your post and I am glad that you were able to raise your childrent and be a perfect mom without ever complaining.....
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<quoted text>Also sounds like your were a stay at home working part time at the school, easy to say that you were able to keep up with everything when you pretty much worked school hours. Its not right to compare your life with mine. This wasnt a post to turn into a pissing contest. It was a post COMPLAINING and and wanting to find out if there is anyone else out there with my same frustrations. I have read your post and I am glad that you were able to raise your childrent and be a perfect mom without ever complaining.....
Now that is funny. Yes I worked school hours and had all holidays and weekends off along with the summer time. But I also worked parent teacher conferences and listened to parents complain. I never asked a parent to write 1000 words about their children. HOWEVER I did ask them to write abnout what their child liked best in school and in their off time. It showed me how involved parents really were with their children. And I never once had a compaint about it from those parents
And you remarked about a person NOT reading your post. Evidently you don't either. I do have grandchildren in the school system. I watch them everyday after school and help them with their homework.
Their parents work and I am available to help out.
Why don't you air your complaint with the teacher. Maybe they have a particular reason for asking you to do this assignment.
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I think the teacher just wants some insight on your child. He or she is interested in knowing if your child will have any difficulties in class or with the subject being taught. Since everyone learns at a different pace, it's just her or his way of getting information of your childs strengths and weaknesses.
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just wondering why you sound like the stinkin yuppie of the year....?

aren't you the special one....

just write this:

"i am a self centered mother and all i care about is me"
Wondering

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Aug 25, 2011
 
kat wrote:
I think the teacher just wants some insight on your child. He or she is interested in knowing if your child will have any difficulties in class or with the subject being taught. Since everyone learns at a different pace, it's just her or his way of getting information of your childs strengths and weaknesses.
Thank you....I appreciate you shining a light on this situation in a form without "bashing" me as a parent.
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just wondering why you sound like the stinkin yuppie of the year....?
aren't you the special one....
just write this:
"i am a self centered mother and all i care about is me"
Yuppie of the year? Because I explained that there is no possible way that I would ever be considered as "some that should not have children"! And YES, I do only care about myself and my family.....what did you really think I gave two shits about you? I simply wanted to find out if there was anyone else feeling my frustrations. If not, no need for you to reply. I get that not everyone else complains blah blah blah. But there are some parents that can relate.
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Aug 25, 2011
 
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Now that is funny. Yes I worked school hours and had all holidays and weekends off along with the summer time. But I also worked parent teacher conferences and listened to parents complain. I never asked a parent to write 1000 words about their children. HOWEVER I did ask them to write abnout what their child liked best in school and in their off time. It showed me how involved parents really were with their children. And I never once had a compaint about it from those parents
And you remarked about a person NOT reading your post. Evidently you don't either. I do have grandchildren in the school system. I watch them everyday after school and help them with their homework.
Their parents work and I am available to help out.
Why don't you air your complaint with the teacher. Maybe they have a particular reason for asking you to do this assignment.
I have sent a message in to the teacher, waiting to hear back. Now I understand what you are saying...I did in fact read that you help out with your grandchildren but frankley that is not the same as raising them in these times. Anyhow I completely agree with you in the fact that perhaps there is a hidden reason that is not obvious to me that the teacher would ask this of parents. Still doesnt make me agree with the assignment. You said in the above that you have been involved in conferences and parent complaints, you have obviously worked in schools so I feel like your a bit partial. Maybe its easier for you to understand because you have been in both situations both on the teaching side and parent sid. Most of us havent. Thank you for your comments back but its obvious that you do not and cannot relate to what I am saying. I will agree to disagree with you because we are not getting anywhere.
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I don't bash any parent. Unless they are physically or mentally hurting a child. One has to look outside a box and think critically to get ALL the information. You probably had a bad day as we all do.
Love your kids and don't be afraid to ask questions.
People are people and no one is perfect!

Have a great day!
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Wondering wrote:
My son that is in high school came home yesterday from the first day of school and informed me that his teacher gave me homework! The assignment: write a letter 1000 words or less describing my son to her.
I am a parent of 3 children, all of which are straight A students! One in College, one in high school and one in middle school. I work full time during the day and come home to cleaning, cooking and preparing all of us for the next day and do not have time to "do homework"!
I have done my fair share of school work when I was a kid and I think it is extremely unfair to ask parents to juggle assignments like this in our daily mix. Also, the teacher told the class that this is a percentage of their grade and must be done.
Am I the only parent out there that is frustrated with teachers like this?
I find it ironic that you are complaining about having to right 1000 words or less about your child, when you have written a few thousand words complaining online about it
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This is not exactly on the subject but very important.
On Wednesday about 3:10 p.m. a Hispanic man with a beard, driving a green toyota pickup approached a student walking home from Acacia Middle School. He asked the boy to help find his dog and when the boy said NO he told him to get in the truck. The boy turned and ran back to the school and reported what had happened.
Can't believe this is happening already.

Please remind your children, grandchildrenm neighbors children or any child you know, about how to handle this kind of situation.
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This is not exactly on the subject but very important.
On Wednesday about 3:10 p.m. a Hispanic man with a beard, driving a green toyota pickup approached a student walking home from Acacia Middle School. He asked the boy to help find his dog and when the boy said NO he told him to get in the truck. The boy turned and ran back to the school and reported what had happened.
Can't believe this is happening already.
Please remind your children, grandchildrenm neighbors children or any child you know, about how to handle this kind of situation.
people like this should be shot! Friggin perverts!

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