I feel so bad for my daughter lately. She has been so stressed and upset that one of her teachers has put her & 2 other girls in a regular class and has been making her learn algebra. Keep in mind she is autistic,16 & in a special needs class. She works at a 4th-5th grade level. And this month he is making 3 of them learn algebra.
I asked him why and he says its for MCAS testing. I said yes, I get that but why are you trying to make her do this when she has no idea how and it's upsetting her that she can't and you keep forcing hard work on her. I never heard of this before. They shouldn't be able to do this to special needs kids.
Some autistic kids can't handle the stress when forced to learn something they don't understand. They shouldn't be able to do this. She isn't the kind to speak up if something is wrong either. Or if she cannot do something, or needs help. She keeps quiet then tells me when she is home. They don't get that.. I tell them all the time even if they ask her is she needs anything she will just say she is okay. Even if she isn't.
I have an appointment to speak with the administrative office tomorrow. I hope something changes. I hate to see her so stressed out and upset. Making her not want to go to school.
Anyone had any problems similar to this?
I know that it seems so strange when the teachers have to meet quotas and test scores.
I feel for you and your daughter.
School is hard enough.
And yes, I stay calm because she is very nervous already. She don't even want to go to school tomorrow because she is nervous the teacher will approach her. I told him not to that she is nervous of confrontation. She don't like feeling pressured. (Who does!) So he better not!
Her teacher also let them watch a movie for the first time EVER last week so, maybe he thought about it and realized he is over doing it with these special needs girls. You need to add some fun in the mix sometimes for them to continue working for you. Or they get too stressed. Hope he stays doing better.
My daughter even said that he asks her now if the work is okay or too hard. So it makes me feel better that she is less stressed. Thanks for asking :)