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    Quote Originally Posted by pdpele View Post
    Uh, yeah, they do think you don't know how to parent your children. At least some do, and "the system" in general definitely does.
    Some of my favorite things when my daughter was in school were the evening phone calls we'd get during testing week (and ONLY during testing week), reminding us to make sure our kids go to be early and have a good breakfast in the morning, and are on time for school because testing is the most important thing they will ever do and no pressure but there's a lot riding on this so definitely have your kids sleep and eat more than Pop Tart. This week. Next week, eat frosted cardboard for all we care.

    Also, asking permission to take my kid out of school for a day. Asking. Permission. To. Take. My. Kid. Out. Of. School. And having to provide a reason for it. And they could tell me no. THEY COULD TELL ME NO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JenWrites View Post

    Also, asking permission to take my kid out of school for a day. Asking. Permission. To. Take. My. Kid. Out. Of. School. And having to provide a reason for it. And they could tell me no. THEY COULD TELL ME NO.

    Or worse.. "I know your kid is sick and all, but we need you to drag him out of bed where he is happily sleeping, and take him to the pediatrician, where you'll sit in the waiting room for 2 hours, see the doc for 10 seconds, where they won't do anything more than say Yes your kid is sick and give you a note, but we need that note" I HATED that. It wasn't bad enough the kid was so sick he was miserable and all he wanted to do was sleep, I had to drag him to the doctor (which he violently hated), and sit FOREVER, JUST to get a note saying "yes my kid was sick, the doctor saw him for 2 seconds". If you didn't bring the doctor's note, they wouldn't let him back in school. UNLESS, he went home sick from school. There were a few times, I took him to school puking, KNOWING he was going to puke all over the place, just so I wouldn't have to drag him out to the doctor once they opened. And I KNEW kids were constantly being sent to school sick just to avoid having to go to a doctor! Some charge a $30 copay just to step foot in their office. UGH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aselvarial View Post
    There were a few times, I took him to school puking, KNOWING he was going to puke all over the place, just so I wouldn't have to drag him out to the doctor once they opened.
    Taking "Show your work!" to a whole new level.
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    It astonishes me that any parents would see that sort of controlling behavior by school administrators as acceptable.
    I seem to remember if we were absent for more than 3 days, they wanted a doctors note... back in the early 90s...

    I ran into the same bullshit when I worked on getting an IEP for my little one. No Effing way!
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    I'm always surprised by what I hear parents say about school control of their kids. And even the bigger more institutionalized daycares, as well. I've heard things like "Even though little Sally wants to go on the potty at home like her big sister, the daycare said to not encourage her at home, to wait until October (4 months away), when she turns 3 and moves up to the preK group, because they don't teach potty training in the toddler group."

    What? The daycare you pay for, is telling you how to raise your kid, when they are at home? For THEIR convenience?

    I also heard someone say they could not take snacks in because every kid had to have the same snack to be "fair", even though her kid was allergic to said snack. So her kid had nothing on the day the allergic snack was served, because to let her kid bring in something he could eat would mean that other kids might want it, and then they'd have to allow ALL the parents to send in their own snacks.

    I've heard of a school losing track of a 5 year old non-verbal autistic kindergarten kid getting on/off a school bus (the child was missing for 5 hours) and then telling the parents that they were "overstepping" when seeking alternative transportation.

    I enrolled my kid into K twice and did the IEP thing twice (both at ages 5 and 6.) Both times I pulled him out and decided against PS. After that we were sold on homeschooling.
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    I really liked parts of our small public school, then they started taking the wonderful parts of a small school OUT. As in no parents in the school for any reason. Exceptions made for 2 parties- Fall and Valentine's Day. Otherwise parents cannot enter the school at all. You can drop things off at the office- which means you can go in the front doors, into a 4x8 cube with locked doors and the secretary behind bullet-proof glass. You can leave items in said room, and secretary will deliver them to child if needed. You cannot call child out of class for any reason. Dr.s notes for regular illnesses that previously you just needed to call and say "Hey, Sally has a cold and will be out the next few days. Can you gather her homework and send it home with Bill." Now it costs $100 in Dr. bills. Dropping recess, much heavier academics, and those terrible "The entire class was bad- you ALL miss recess" when I know it wasn't my kids... and taking away band while allowing sports. I could go on and on. I am glad we made this decision, but I do get nostalgic when I see their old first day of school pics on my feed. Yesterday was the first day of school here, and I know one homeschooling parent posted a pic of their kids asleep at 9AM
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    Im just horrified! We need to save this thread for February, when we wonder if PS would be better.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    In the past 5 years, kids in the under 7 group have been:

    Suspended for bringing a LEGO gun to school
    Suspended for drawing a picture of a gun
    Had sexual harassment charges pressed for kissing a girl on the playground (they were 5!!!)
    Having a GI Joe Bandaid on (it had a picture of a soldier with a gun on it)


    And those are just the ones i remember in 5 years. For the 5 and 6 year old's. The local schools have pulled art, drama, music, home ec, shop class, but, not surprisingly, still have football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball, track, soccer, and golf. Can't afford art, but mustn't forget GOLF.

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