One of the key jobs of a teacher is inspiring students and getting them to believe in their potential. With that in mind, it’s probably not the best idea to write a letter to a student saying no one likes them and the class is better off without them. Some thoughts are better kept to yourself.
The mother of a New Mexico middle school student is furious with one of her son’s teachers for doing just that recently. Rosemarie Baca was sitting in a parent-teacher conference with her son David when a letter from one of David’s teachers was read. The teacher who wrote the letter was not present at the meeting.
“We find as a class that when David is absent the class functions much more smoothly and everyone is happier," the letter reads, according to KOAT. It goes on to say that David sits alone in class because “No one wants to be near him.”
David was forced to sit and listen as the letter was read. His mother takes issue with that.
"I don't think anybody even read this letter before it was read out loud,” Baca said. "I don't think this letter should have ever made it to that table."
Baca wishes the teacher had spoken with her directly.
“He would have never known all of this if she would have just came to me personally, one-on-one and talked to me about this,” Baca said.
Baca immediately requested a meeting with the principal following the conference, but she is yet to hear back from the school.
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