Email from School

17 Oct
Dear Readers,
Below you will see an email I received on Sunday, Oct 7 at 2:24 PM from a teacher at my step-son’s school. It struck me as odd that this teacher had absolutely no faith that high school kids had the ability to check their emails (as they are suppose to do). It also struck me as odd the teacher was equally lacking in the ability to hand out consequences to students who failed to check their emails (as they were suppose to do). Then it went from odd to insane (in my opinion) for NOT lacking the ability to email parents with a reminder assignment. Lets face it, the consequence to failing to check email for that week was forgetting their putter, now come on….not exactly the worse life experience/consequence in life.
Please read the email below…. 
Sent: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 2:24 pm
Subject: Class Assignments

Parents – please pass on the message below to your child.  I sent the kids this same message, but too often they don’t check their e-mails.
Thanks – Mr. XYZ
Starting tomorrow, Monday, October 8th “Y” block groups will report to the following areas.
Group One will report to the game gym for instruction in volleyball.
Group Two will report to the Field House for instruction in golf.  If possible please bring a wedge and putter to school for instruction.
Both Group One and Group Two have class during “Y” Block on Monday, October 8.
My question for today is…
…who else besides me thinks it is almost criminal not to teach teenagers their actions and/or lack of actions have consequences. 
 Personally I would rather teenagers fail a little in high school (without huge life altering consequences) then missing that important life lesson during a time when it can/should be supported by their parents. They will eventually go off to college/work without the basic skills (accountability) needing to succeed in a very competitive global world….college professors are not going to email their parents with reminders nor are their future employers. High School kids need to have a sense of ownership, pride and to be able to advocate for themselves. I believe if your child’s success/grades mean more to you than it does to them; it is not going to work! Eventually and most sadly your child will fail with even more to lose. 
Even though this teacher’s email as well as other emails from teachers are harmless in nature (no big deal) I feel the lack of expectation for the high school kids to do what they are suppose to do, actually sets them up for failure down the road….missing a teachable moment void of any positive learning experiences at one of the most important times and places in a teenagers life. It was bad enough with all the helicopter parents buzzing around but now we have helicopter teachers, ewww! 
If you have not already read the NYTimes article titled “What if the secret to success is failure?” by Paul Touch published September 14, 2011…Please a must read! 
I think this generation of high school students should be titled The Making of Marionette Puppets. 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today scratching my head wondering at what moment in time did schools start becoming afraid of teaching teenagers their actions have consequences? 
Kindest regards,
President nd CEO


4 Responses to “Email from School”

  1. Liz T. October 17, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    And it gets worse… the latest? Parents going on job interviews with their kids. WHAT THE %&^*$#?

    • asklotta October 17, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      Hahaha! Of course they do, what makes anyone think these marionette puppets are able to do anything…The next thing, parents will do time in jail for their kids!

  2. Nancy October 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    “The secret to success is failure” philosophy isn’t helping our current president or our economy!

    • asklotta October 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      He is NOT a teenager! It appears Obama didn’t learn these important lessons (action and consequences) in High School and hence the problems we all having because of him!

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