Last night, I caught iPatch sniffing while working on her Art project. She started working on it as soon as she finished eating dinner.
iMom: Bakit? Anong problema?
Patch: Kasi ipa-pass na namin ‘to bukas, eh hindi pa ako tapos.
iMom: Bakit hindi mo natapos?
Patch: Kasi incomplete ang materials ko. Wala akong dalang box nung Monday.
iMom: Bakit hindi ka nagdala? We even went to the bookstore to buy the clay for this project, di ba?
Patch: Eh kasi the teacher announced about the box last Friday, lunch time. Wala ako sa classroom. Walang nagsabi sa akin.
iMom: So madami kayong walang box?
Patch (nods head): Tapos sabi ni Mr.D bawal daw gawin sa house. Dapat sa school lang during break time. If he finds out the project was done at home, zero na daw ang grade.
(iMom’s eyes narrow.)
iMom: And you only have Art class every Monday, right? And it’s only 40 minutes? Now he wants you to finish this complicated project in less than two days without working on it at home?
Patch nods to all of the above.
iMom: Okay, let’s get down to work. Akong bahala sa teacher mo.
Patch wipes her tears off. We work on the project ’til 10 pm.
After she went to bed, I went to the PC to write Mr.D a 409-word letter.
I’m glad that, by the time I composed the letter, I’ve had time to calm down. (I guess helping Patch work on the project was therapeutic.) Otherwise, it could have been worse… and much, much longer. Here are some parts:
Dear Mr. Art Teacher,
This is regarding the art projects that are being required from the Grade 4 students. I appreciate your efforts to instill the value of artistic creativity among our students.
[*insert big BUT here*] …
…Please set reasonable timelines and guidelines. If they are not allowed to work on the project at home, and they only have less than an hour of Art class every week, when are they supposed to do it? During break time? Please remember: if we adults need our coffee breaks and lunch breaks, our children need theirs too.
I wrote this letter because my daughter was crying while doing her art project. She is a creative soul, and she should have been enjoying doing the project, not crying over it.
Thank you for your time. I’d appreciate feedback from you.
Kids these days are stressed enough studying for seemingly unending cycles of tests. My kids study in a Chinese school, so double the pressure in a regular school – that’s how much pressure they get. Now here comes an Art teacher making impossible demands, expecting kids to act like adults, as if he himself were so organized. Why the last minute announcement then???
And the subject is Art, for goodness’ sake! Isn’t Art supposed to be fun, an avenue for kids to chill and express creativity? All other subjects seem to torture students. Why can’t they just give this one subject for them to enjoy?
Oh yeah, I cc’d the letter to the Assistant Principal. (Who’s the biatch now?) 😛
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