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. . . and I wanted to cry right there in my daughter's classroom! My oldest two children, dd (9) and ds (7) attend a local Catholic school. Two years ago, the principal left for a new job. He was a wonderful, warm, dynamic man who obviously cared deeply for the students and the school. He had wonderful ways of motivating them, etc. and just clearly enjoyed interacting w/them. We considered leaving then, but for a variety of reasons, decided to stay. Well, I went to my dd's 4th grade classroom and listened to this teacher talk about all the discipline tactics she uses and I was appalled! A missed homework means no recess, two missed homeworks means AN HOUR of writing from the Bible after school! They have a computer in the classroom that she has never turned on! Reports topics are assigned by what she thinks your child is "capable" of -- in her words, "smarter children have more to do". She said this in front of four or five of the students!
My daughter is very bright, though she suffers from an anxiety disorder. I am so worried that this rigid kind of environment will be damaging for her. Am I overreacting to this? Should I approach the teacher in some way? We have regularly considered transfering the kids to public, but our middle school has soooo many issues. I know you can't tell me what's the "right" thing to do, but I'd sure appreciate any comments or suggestions!