I get that things are different nowadays. They squeeze so many kids into a tiny space, individual desks take the place of tables and shared learning experiences, and the expectations are higher...much higher. But I am having an absolute inner fit about sending my daughter to 4th grade. We were placed with the teacher I requested (based on trusted people who gave me info and never steered me wrong before) and we had the open house last night. I literally wanted to throw up after seeing the classroom and the intro the teacher gave. I'm trying to give the teacher the benefit of the doubt because I hear he's wonderful and the kids like him. The classroom had almost nothing in it--desks/a few maps on the walls/a bookshelf/a couple computers, a projector, and...and...just about nothing else! There was no "teacher chair" or "circle rug" or anything fun. The window to the room looks out at a brick wall. I would want to do myself in if I had to spend the majority of my year in there. It was sad, really.
The teacher simply read briefly from a sheet within the kids' folders--when you come to school the first day, sit in your assigned seat and I will give you your locker assignments...here are when you'll be tested and what you'll be tested on.
What was I expecting? "Hi, Kids! Welcome to 4th grade! I am so excited to see you and we're going to have a great year! Lets get to know each other!" Oh, but there's no room for that as he was giving a pop multiplication quiz (to which my daughter answered a question confidently, but wrong.)
I hate this! I'm a homeschooler at heart, but can't do it right now. I care much more about effort and enjoying learning than I ever would about grades and competition.
I'm doing everything I can to be positive and tell my daughter she's going to have a great year, but I'm just sick about it.