Feel free to ignore this post. I’m having a very anti school week. First week back in Term 3 may be part of this. Or maybe it’s just the fact that some kids (SN or not) seem to get treated poorly by the system.
The school Boy and Girl go to is the local Public (government run for those not in Australia) school. Boy child has never received assistance at school because at the time he functioned slightly above the cut off line and the school refused to send his paperwork in. Okay, I’ve had a while (5 years in fact) to get over that and I have mostly. If I felt he really needed assistance I would have fought harder but I didn't.
However, this week I have been told by a few different people that Children have been losing their Aide time. For one child who has had an aide since Kindergarten or Year 1, so at least 4 years, the powers that be decided the child depended on it too much. WT?
Today’s pearler was that the students in Girl Child’s class who go to the Learning Support Area for part of the day 4 days a week and have an STA (Special Teacher’s Assistant aka Aide) for that time on one day they don’t go, have now lost that aide. This is a double WT? for me. How can someone suddenly decide that this is a good idea? It was probably the person who decided to put the Learning Support Unit / Centre in an open plan building with other classes, moving the class from the building that had closable doors and no other classes. Now that had worked for years. Why mess with something that works? Oh I know, just to stamp your authority on it!
So why are they now giving aide time to kids without diagnoses, with exactly the same issues as at least two of the kids in Girl Child’s class? It makes no sense. Unless it’s because that parent actually helps at school and the others don’t. Is it possible someone could be that petty? Maybe I’m wrong here but I am considered moving Girl Child next year. Because for me this is the last straw.
Part of it is is attitude certain people show towards the children. As an adult I wouldn't want to be spoken to the way I have heard some of the children being spoken too. I would have hoped that being in education you may have actually liked working with children. Another part is the different rules for different people which may or may not be based on who the powers that be like most at the time. Yes I am very jaded this week.
So am I over reacting? What would make you change schools? At the moment the attitude of certain school staff is doing my head in. That and the fact different rules seem to apply to different children and classes. Obviously I’m not in the in crowd at school at the moment.
Note: I’m not debating whether aide time is beneficial or not, just the fact that suddenly taking it away can cause issues.