I have been a lurker for some time, but don't post often.
Anyway - the post about grades the other day and then an e-mail conversation with my 14 yo DS's teacher made me want to come and get some feedback.
Rant first .....
Why, OH, Why can't DS help himself just a little. I am so sick of him not bringing home school work and never getting anything turned in on time. I am so sick of him flat out lying about whether or not he has work to do. I am sick of feeling like we aren't doing enough because we can't be there after school every day to make sure he is bringing home the correct books. I am sick of teachers who are more than happy to tell you what he isn't doing, but don't seem to be able to give us all the information before hand. I am sick of having to instigate every contact with the school, just once can they be proactive. I am sick of the constant frustration of knowing that he could do better...we aren't asking a B child to get A's - We are asking a D-E child to turn in his work and get C's. We are asking for a little help from the school. We can't help him unless we know what to look for. We have been finghting this with DS his entire school career, we had 1 good year - otherwise he seems to fall through the cracks - The teachers rave about how quiet he is, but since he is not acting out, or as bad assignment wise as some of his peers he seems to be forgotten which suits him just fine.
OK - Rant over - My question is this apathy something that all his generation seem to have? Is it harder for him to do what he needs to do because of his peer group?
I am not looking for excuses, I am trying to figure out what we can possibly do to help him help himself. Also, we are not talking about a kid who gets everthing he wants either, no bedroom TV, we don't own any working game station, he does have a 6 year old Gameboy Color, and we do have a family pc.
Thanks for 'listening' to the rant and for any other replies.