Friday, December 10, 2010
A Plea For Help
I know you have no education experience, but you do claim to be a person, have experience dealing with people and even like little people so I was hoping you would be able to help me with one of my students, Diego. After all, you are my new supervisor and I was always led to believe that I should be able to go to my supervisor with any problem and that the supervisor would be able to help me find a solution.
Diego is a tenth grader in my regents algebra class. He does not do class work or home work. He is always talking to his friends and it is almost impossible to get him to settle down. I spoke to his mom today and she explained he is having the same problems in all his classes. Earlier this week she and Diego met with his guidance counselor and his history teacher (a school dean) to discuss his lack of work in that class as well. The history teacher said the same things I did. The mother does not know what to do. She had the same problems with him last year. He is immature and unfocused. She has tried everything to get him to do better in school. She has refused to buy him fancy sneakers and jeans. She won't buy him the expensive backpack he wants. He is the only one in his crowd without a cell phone. He was told he would get one if he brought home a good report card and he was shown what a good report card meant, but nothing worked.
This boy and his family need help and they need it now. I know you are planning on helping education by laying off teachers and I am sure that plan will do wonders for the future education of Diego, but that is not an immediate solution for him.
Thank you for your time. I know I can count on your vast people experience to help these people.