My daughter is a 1st grader at a local public school. I hate it there, we are going on day 4. So far, it has been ALL rules and regulations, and they are very punitive. They give detention to 1st graders for being late and for behaivor. They take away recess for daily classroom 'misbehavior'. They will not allow you to bring anything your child might have forgotten because they want your child to learn from their mistakes.
I feel like everything in this school is punishment and behavior based. I have yet to read how they will foster a love of learning or really anything about education or learning itself. My husband and I are both in agreement that this is not what we want for our daughter, this is so the opposite of our life and parenting philosophy.
The school wanted us to sign something basically saying we received the rules and agree to them, but I won't sign it, no way am I saying its ok to give my 6 year old detention for being late, something she has absolutely no control over. We want to send a letter to the teacher and/or principal discussing how the entire philosophy feels to us, how we dislike the major focus on punishment and how we think it is harmful to children (ours in particular).
I am not sure what will change if anything, but I almost feel like remaining silent is consenting. has anyone experienced this before? How do you handle it? How would you word a letter, and what would you expect as an outcome?