Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree

For those of you following the DAP story this might be of some interest. Tonight was back to school night which is a night that the teachers are able to meet the parents and listen to a presentation about their child's upcoming year. At my school, it's attended by (if we're lucky) about half of our parents. This year I had 5 out of 16 parents attend which, in case you're not so good in math, isn't half. However, one of those parents was DAP's. I have tried to get in touch with them the last couple of weeks, just leaving messages with no response. So I was thrilled that she showed up. DAP happened to have a FANTASTIC day today and I was happy to share that with her. We talked for a bit and I wanted to be encouraging about the last couple of days. To make a long story short, one of her comments to me was, "I'm most worried about his social skills this year." (OK that sounds good, but just wait). "Elementary school is really just a wash, it doesn't matter that much, I'm more concerned with his social skills." (Well, it actually is pretty important. A lot of foundational skills are taught in elementary school) "Oh sure, but he already knows it." (Are you freakin' kidding me, everything in elementary school? Then maybe he should stay home for the next 5 years. Ya know, if he already knows everything.)

That sure would make my life a hell of a lot easier.


  1. I actually found a shirt once at Gap that said "The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree." (I know, not sure what it was doing at Gap.) I bought one for myself and another good friend who teaches. We always wore them on teacher workdays, because you know, that's what every teacher thinks about students and their parents. =)

  2. wow, that lady is in denial. Maybe she skipped elementary school!

  3. ...well, actually, everything you need to know in life you learn in kindergarten- right?

    So, encourage her to keep the kid home, learn his social skills from TV and make you one happy teacher :)