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Re: First Day of School
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Hi Write Away
You're probably right. I may have heard about the integration of the schools. My brother was a grade ahead of me, so he was in the first year of the integration.
Poor Mrs. Case. I can relate to the remedial reading. When I was in the fourth grade I was placed in remedial reading class. I was upset and shocked that I had to go. Mind you, the year before that I received an award for being the smartest black student in my third grade class.
I think what happened was that when we got to the fourth grade we had to take a a "reading out loud" assessment test. I was very shy. I had the same teacher for 2nd and 3rd grade and I had to get used to this new fourth grade teacher. So, when it was time for me to read out loud, I stumbled over my words. I didn't read loud enough for her to hear me. That automatically put me in the remedial class.
Mind you, my year older brother and a sweet older black neighbor taught me how to read before the first grade. I was very hurt that I had to go. I knew that I was smart enough not to be there, so I sucked up some of that shyness and started reading like I knew what I was doing. I got myself out of there. I think my remedial teacher also realized that I did not belong there. I was removed and returned to my regular reading group.
Today, I can relate to a teacher ignoring a child when raising her hand. This happened to my daughter. She raised her hand every time, but on the progress report, she's reported as not participating in class. The same teacher would not give her an A+ on a written speech that she gave without notes, 4 1/2 minutes long. She told her she did not use hand gestures (yet the students were given the option of using note cards or doing it from memory) This same teacher would constantly "misplace" her turned in assignments and say she didn't turn them in. This same teacher picked on everything that she did. She had her for two years. There were times my daughter didn't try as hard sometimes and she felt discouraged when it came to this teacher, but we told her that this teacher had a serious problem. Being a nun did not exclude her from being wrong. So, my daughter prayed for the woman every night.
So, there are many Mrs. Cases our there. My daughter's was Sister _______.
Also, I can relate on the changing of schools. We had to change one time and I think it had a more impact on my Mom than us. We thought it was the most awful thing in the world. The move was one thing, but going to a new school was another. My Mom promised us that we would not move again while all six of us were still in school. I don't remember all of our reactions about it, but it must have been very hurtful to my mom to remember still today. Now, I can't imagine 7 schools! Wow.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for allowing me to share.
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