For the most part, I have been pretty happy with GirlChild's school. Her teacher and I are on the same page (and she's a first year teacher, so awesome there- GirlChild is her first super gifted student and Ms. Teacher is very excited about that, and does a LOT of extra stuff with the kid, so I'm pleased as far as that goes) but today, I had to deal with an administrator that made me knee-jerk want to pull GirlChild out of school to homeschool her.
So, since we bought the house, we've gone from Kid-On-Bus to me driving kid. I've never been punctual, and getting into a new early morning routine has been a bit of an adjustment. Girlchild was out sick yesterday so I went into the office when I dropped her off and filled out an absence form for her, and this troll-like woman came up to me and asked me if I was GirlChild's Mom.
I said yes, and she mentioned that in GirlChild had been tardy seven times this school year. At ten, I'd be required to take a PARENTING CLASS to teach me to value my child's education, and pay an 80 to 500 dollar fine.
I'd have to take a class to teach me to value... her education. I do hours of supplementary work with her after school, but if she's late for the before-school ASSEMBLY (trust me, there is no education going on when the principal is addressing all the students in the school every morning- and I've talked to GirlChild about how she does not, in fact, have to pledge allegiance to any damn thing, much less a flag, in the early morning indoctrination sessions, but that's another rant. GirlChild is perfectly capable of standing in line and being a good little sheeple already.) I don't value her education.
So, I was going to talk to the weasel-eyed woman about this and find out exactly what's going on, but the SECOND the bell rang, she started handing out Tardy Slips. She was nice to the kids but she positively glowed when the parents came in to drop their kid off and she got to chastise them. I lost my temper when she started on the same "value your child's education" speach with two parents, one who's kid just got out of the hospital and was coming BACK to school, and the other was a very frazzled looking black gentleman who looked like he was about to fall over dead on his feet- he was exhausted but his kids were spotlessly clean and had that glowing look of loved children around them. This is a woman with very little power who adores exercising every last inch of it.
I despise petty bureaucrats. When one insinuates that I don't care about GirlChild's education because I am not all ramped up and enthused by the wonderful educational moments in the first 5 minutes of their morning assembly, I want to remove myself from the system entirely.
I am very proud of myself for not telling her to fuck off in front of all the Precious Little Snowflakes, however. Good for me.