meeting at the school today…

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Yeah, not so sure about this day.. The meeting was incredibly awkward, I felt that the suspension was as much meant as a “wake-up call” for me as for Nemo. Which might be necessary for some parents, but I am kinda ‘all over it’ already, at least as much as I personally can be (because, you know : life). In brief, I felt judged and the whole ‘formalisation’ (reports, letters, behaviour contract) made me feel like it has more effect on administrative, and possible legal, follow-up (in case of what ?) than actually being efficient steps towards handling the situation (ie managing anxiety and anger).
Having had some really sad news the night before (re: life..), I really couldn’t say much at all.
But I told Nemo that I loved him, no matter what.

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11 thoughts on “meeting at the school today…

  1. ishomg

    I LOATHE these meetings. I don’t even like hugs but feel compelled to send you a virtual one.
    PSG meetings or whatever they are called this year are soul-destroying,
    When will they see anxiety/anger issues as anxiety/anger issues instead of kids being “naughty” )=

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    1. suburp Post author

      My feelings exactly. I understand the need to enforce the same rules with everyone but the approach to making things better needs to be different for our kids. My son ENJOYS homeschooling with me, so suspension is really kind of pointless..

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  2. Kathryn Arnold

    I’m seeing a trend to homeschooling among my friends…both because they deplore the unGodly things being called education (graphic descriptive pornography in your children’s textbooks, anyone?) And because the outcomes in improved behavior are remarkable. Homeschool moms are, in large part, a frazzled breed, but they say it’s ever so worth it.

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    1. suburp Post author

      I am not sure i can follow your line of thoughts from managing a special needs child’s behaviours with mainstream teachers (which is awkward) to what you call “pornographic” content in school textbooks..?!
      Homeschooling is NOT an option for our family, as we cannot financially afford that sort of set up. I also believe that in spite of everything, my son needs and enjoys the social interaction with other kids..
      This all said, we clearly have a very different culture and belief system, as the one thing I have taken onto myself to teach my son at home – because they do not do it here in Australia and he was, you know,asking questions…- was human reproduction aka “sex ed”.
      I used Peter Mayles cartoon illustrated award winning book. And he was 6, in case you wonder.
      I also happen to believe in actual Education about religion, btw. And because the only religious instruction, offered on a voluntary basis in Qld schools, is Christian, and we are not, I have just started a series of lessons about “World ReligionS” with my now 8yo. Thanks to his interest and knowledge in history, it was a very enjoyable experience.
      I hope you are not frazzled by my reply; I am very open-minded and accepting of other people’s religions – all religions – which is why I am teaching my son about them, but I needed to make sure your rather confusing comment on my blog is sufficiently counterbalanced by my own beliefs 🙂

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        1. Kathryn Arnold

          I am very much a believing believer. Christianity is a narrow way…the Bible itself says so. That said, nowhere in the Bible am I called to hate or persecute or otherwise fail to get along with those of another belief. Be prepared to explain my own faith in God through His finished work, yes…tell you what’s good about it, yes…require that you believe as I do, no.

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          1. suburp Post author

            Well. That’s good then. I am always open for dialogue but it has to be respectful and mutually accepting. Even if clear differences exist.

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        2. suburp Post author

          Look, i don’t see what this has even remotely to do with my blogpost, but just to be clear: a) i think the idea of common core is a minimum, standardised curriculum in state schools which is not only a good idea but a necessity. B) most countries make their own tho, so its unlikely Australia will import it from the US. Finally c) whatever you are really talking about, it’s clearly not ENOUGH, as the US is ongoing in the top of charts for both. teen pregnancies and sexually transmittable diseases.
          And d) I do not pray, thank you.
          I will leave this comment exchange for a reasonable time in case you want to answer and then remove it for being totally off topic.
          Cheers.

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          1. Kathryn Arnold

            Sorry…I got to common core by way of the homeschooling. As for we need more, when it comes to Common Core US style as it pertains to failing teen morals and common sense we apparently need less. The links that come up for book excerpts to pornographic Common Core recommended curriculum are things I can’t post.

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          2. suburp Post author

            yeah, this is really to vague for me to be even remotely able to reply to, i am sorry.
            i am sure you are trying to do the right thing by your child and by your faith, but while i am pretty much at a lowpoint with the mainstream schooling here at the moment, i still believe state schools are a fabulous and necessary institution for most people and I am glad they exist.
            my focus is on making inclusion work right now, for everybody.

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