OK. I was pissed off today. I'm over it right now, but at the time...I WAS REALLY PISSED!!! Let me elaborate.....
Ever since school started, My daughter's gifted program has been sending home a flyer about a field trip to a "Pathfinder" camp to learn team building. The first incarnation of this trip started out as an OVERNIGHT trip, OUT OF THE COUNTY, at a cost of $100+!!! Um...... no. I am not comfortable having my daughter, my 12 year old daughter, out of county on an overnight trip. Sorry. I must not have been the only parent with this concern because the next incarnation of the trip became a 13 hour trip for the day to the same place for a forced donation of $35. Still out of county, and this time the flyer and permission slip came with a VERY alarming liability waiver from the "Pathfinder" camp that needed notarizing and several signatures! (The standard "We are not responsible for broken limbs, head injuries, gaping wounds incurred from participation", etc...) WTF is that all about?!? Once again....um, no. This isn't for a grade, there is no tie in with physics or science class, it is just a trip to go climb trees and do the trust fall thing. Add that to the fact that Rebecca brought home a "D" in Dance Class, and there you have a formula for not getting to go on a non-essential firld trip.
Enter pushy teacher.
Rebecca's Teacher calls me even before I get back from walking my two youngest to school. She leaves a long message about how she was checking on whether it was true that we weren't letting Rebecca participate in the field trip and would I please return her call so we could discuss it? OK. I returned her call and after a little phone tag, we finally got together and started to discuss what the trip was all about, how it was a team building exercise, how it would help the kids solve problems, yadda, yadda, yadda..... ad infinietum. I expressed that the trip wasn't academically supported, (When I was in school, any field trip had to be justified by corrosponding curriculum.) and Rebecca's poor grade in her Dance class was going to preclude her attendance for this particular trip. Oh. My. God. You would have thought I had denounced all education in general and decided to have my child study Satanism as a viable alternative to the curriculum she studies now! The woman starts to lay a huge guilt trip on me about how I should care about more than academics when it comes to my child's rounding out of her education and by not allowing her to attend this field trip I was stunting her growth. What. The. Fuck? Excuse me? I am stunting her mind's growth? Um....by making her be responsible and instituting a consequence for her poor grade in a fine arts class, which isn't an academic class I might add, I thought I was expanding her growth. I mentioned to Ms. Pushy that I would discuss it with her father again and have my answer for her later in the day, or tomorrow at the latest. I hung up and was PISSED! Who was this woman to tell me I was a bad person for not allowing my daughter to go on a non-essential field trip? I waited for HHH to get home and we discussed it again, and we came to the same conclusion as before. No field trip. You get a bad grade, you pay for it. Lesson in life learned. End of story. HHH was pissed as well that Pushy insinuated that I didn't care about my daughter's education. Yeah, I don't care. That's why Rebecca's got all A's and B's in all of her other "Gifted" classes. Ms. Pushy can bite my rotund ass! I didn't trust myself to call Pushy back and HHH would have read her the riot act if he called, so I drafted a nice, polite letter stating that No, Rebecca would not be attending the field trip, Thank you for calling and expressing your interest. I'm just going to keep Rebecca home on the 12th, (the day of the trip) and we'll have a nice "girl's day" . Ms. Pushy can go climb a tree!
That is, apparently, what the whole deal was about anyway...... right? What do you think?