The title is a warning for all you folks looking for something to laugh at. Today I'm not even going to try to make you laugh.
I'm tired. This week (even though it's only Monday), last week, the week before...well you get it...have been tiring. Not physically tiring, but emotionally tiring. Physically tiring I can deal with. Give me a field to plow and I'll plow it (as long as you pay me 50 bucks an hour. Hey, those are my rates, take 'em or leave 'em). What's harder to deal with is the mental drain that is Ro. She's been having math teacher troubles, and it is getting to us all.
At first we thought it was her, because Ro is an unusually shy kid and she sometimes has trouble with social interaction. She started refusing to go to school and wouldn't tell us why. She kept having temper tantrums that we just didn't think were normal for an 11 year-old, and she wouldn't do her homework. We talked to the head teacher before Christmas and she said it was basically Ro's problem. She would have to adapt.
We were pretty much at wit's end, forcibly dragging Ro out of her bed, dressing her, and taking her to school; until one morning I mentioned it to the mother of one of Ro's friends. She said that her daughter was also having a hard time. It turns out that the teacher, who happens to be the only math teacher for the fifth grade, is extremely strict, shouts at the students and humiliates them in front of the rest of the class. We tried solving the problem by talking to the school principal, who at first kept saying that the problem was entirely Ro's. He also told us that the woman's son had committed suicide about a year ago and that she was having trouble dealing with it. We sympathize with that, but having a whole class of terrorized fifth graders is not acceptable. Not much was done, and Ro has gotten worse and worse.
Now, after more parents have complained, it seems like they are finally going to do something. I can only cross my fingers and hope that they do, or we may be forced to report the school to the authorities for psychological abuse.
Unfortunately, even if the school does remove the teacher, it probably won't be the last time Ro comes across a person like that. So, we've started taking her to a psychologist to see if that helps her to deal with this sort of situations more effectively. The only thing they've told us so far is that these things take time. And at 90 euros a session, I'm sure they want it to take as long as possible.
Even though a big part of the problem is the teacher, it also seems like Ro is testing us to see just how far she can get. One of the days that she refused to go to school, I actually ended up taking Ro's bedroom door off its hinges just to keep her from slamming it shut all the time. And today she refused to go again, so I said, "Well, you can stay home until math class is over and then go." But she still refused to go, so she sat in the living room all day; and I had to sit and watch her so she wouldn't go off and start playing. She can stay home, but I'll be damned if she has fun while she's here.
She's promised me that tomorrow she'll get up and go to school...
I'll believe it when I see it, and if not, I'll be playing jailer again tomorrow. Brent at The Ominous Comma has tagged me for a meme, but at this rate I don't know when I'll get to it. Anybody have a laptop I can borrow?