I went to our annual parent teacher conference with Little’s teacher today. It was extremely unproductive. I don’t hold anything against her teacher. I think she’s a great teacher. It’s the education system that we’re struggling with, and looks like we’re going to continue to struggle with for the duration.
Teacher: Your kid is so super smart. I just don’t understand why she won’t apply herself and misbehaves in class.
Me: She’s bored.
Teacher: Well I can’t challenge her if she won’t meet the basic standards of behavior.
It was basically a stalemate and waste of my evening. Little’s teacher’s hands were tied as a teacher and the expectations she needs to meet for the state and my hands were tied as a parent for not setting unreasonable expectations for my child.
At least Little is excelling as far as academics are concerned. She’s ahead of her peers in reading, and passing every class with As and Bs. She started her school career below average, and is now at or above all benchmarks. She’s learning. She’s just driving her teacher bananas in the process and I’m stuck in the middle of it all between allowing her to be seven and requiring that she meet school standards.