I know I have next to no posts, champion lurker that I am, but I have to bitch about this before I kill someone.
And it’s not even really my problem. It’s my baby sister’s. (Some might agree that’s even worse.) She’s learning disabled, the worst of it being pretty severe dyslexia. She was 10 before she could read anything. She’s 17 now. Her school system had been very helpful, by and large. She works her ass off every day. She’s been mainstreamed in most of her classes at this point and has straight A’s. Last year she made the decision to go mainstream in her last class, English. The school system set it up so she would be in class with all the other students, but would be tested by a special ed. teacher. This is because she needs different tests (often oral, differently formatted, extra time, etc). This term they hired a new special ed. teacher. This is where the wheels came off the wagon.
My sister’s problem is that she’s smart. She’s thoughtful, articulate, and astonishingly well read for someone who needs assistance addressing an envelope (god bless audio books). You meet her in a non-school setting and you’d never know. The teacher-- we’ll call her Ms. Cunt—takes one look at my sister and decides that, despite all the tests and professional opinions, my sister is just lazy. Ms. Cunt decides my sister is simply not trying hard enough.
Fast-forward a month and some, regular English teacher calls my mother: all the grades Ms. Cunt is giving him for my sister are failing, and she might fail the class, though her class participation has been excellent. (Ms. Cunt doesn’t count things like participation, only her tests). We finally got to see these tests, and I don’t think I could pass them. My mother, who has an MA in English Lit, doesn’t think she could pass them. Every week my sister is supposed to memorize 20 vocab words, with spelling, meaning, antonyms and synonyms, and then get tested on all of that, including making them into a poem.
You can’t do shit like that to a dyslexic! The regular class is being questioned on sonnets, but nooooo. The fact that sis can’t write is because no one taught her the words! Of course! If you just make her memorize lists, it will solve all her problems. Because after all, she’s just lazy. This is all a big scam. I confess. When she was in 1st grade my parents taped her eyes shut* so she wouldn’t learn to read.
Raw words are her worst nightmare. She’d get a 42 or something awful like that, then my mother would complain, and the teacher would let her ‘make it up’ by giving her an open book test (which got 100). Then she’d average together, leaving my sister with a 71. Every test is like this. My sister used to be so proud of her grades. It’s like she’s punishing her. Or she’s decided that learning-disabled students are simply not allowed to get good grades. Why not just give one manageable test? And now, Ms. Cunt is trying to campaign her cause to my sister’s caseworker. She’s even doing it to my sister. She told my sister she was lazy and worthless. She said this to a student!
Listen, bitch, you make sister cry again and I am going to fly across the country just to shove an avocado up your ass. I hope your car got stuck on the turnpike under a drift and you’re freezing to death right now.
There are really people like this in our classrooms. Makes me sick.
((Wow. This is really long. I appologize to anyone who made it down here))
*with duct tape