Is This An Appropriate Assignment for a 5th Grader?
What do you think about the assignment below? Is it age appropriate? Is such an assignment appropriate at any age? Should a student be allowed to write about going to middle school without scripted words? If you agree with using scripted words in an assignment, are these words appropriate? If a student is uncomfortable with an assignment should he/she be allowed to skip that assignment? Should the school provide an alternative assignment? Should a student be required to share his/her feelings with a teacher (and by any other party accessing the information) if he/she is uneasy with sharing his/her private feelings?
Is this the role of the school?
I am sharing my son’s SCHOOL assignment. 5th grade. As he felt uncomfortable with it, he raised his hand and told the teacher he was VERY uncomfortable with it. He asked if he could bring it home so he could discuss it with me. It’s due Wednesday. A 10 year old boy does not need to openly discuss this with his teacher. We have a very open dialogue in our home, thanks. AGAIN he is 10 and in 5th grade. You can think this is appropriate until you are blue in the face but I certainly do not need the school’s assistance in raising my children to understand what they are going through and feeling. I’m quite certain my years in the medical field and the way I’ve ALWAYS spoken to my children trumps anything. Moreover they don’t get to access his private thoughts on the subject. For those that would begin to question authenticity… shame on you. This is my child’s assignment and I am choosing to share the nature of it. I am on Long Island in the Port Jefferson to Shoreham region.
Update from parent: