i'm a public school parent. i have a daughter finishing first grade. all year long, the teacher has used a "talking monitor" system during "centers" time. ("centers" time is when the "teams" of 4-5 students engage in literacy activities on their own as a group... while the teacher does other things in her classroom.)
the students are supposed to work independently as a group and are supposed to only be discussing the work at hand... not idle chit chat or goofing around. this is where the talking monitor comes in. each day one child is assigned that role. (nevermind that the kid is not engaged in any literacy activities during this hour-long+ stretch of time.) the talking monitor is the tattle tale. this person has to tell the teacher whenever they catch a classmate "talking."
you can imagine that there is a good deal of lying and exaggeration and retribution going on... someone tells on someone falsely. someone tells just to get back at someone for something else, etc. etc.
and then this culture of "telling on" each other carries over into the after school hours.
personally, as a parent, i find it a real bore and i am hoping that it is something unique to this particular teacher. maybe we will be free of it next year in second grade? or -- i hope not -- i will discover that it's the "new thing" in education at our school.
yikes! anyone else been through similar?