DD (almost 8) came home yesterday and told me that she lost all of her golden time. She has only ever once lost her golden time (walking home from school by herself)
So, we sit down, "what did you do?". " I dropped a piece of chalk." UM ok I'm gonna need more than that!
This was the conversation with the teacher this morning:
She was placed in a group of 3. Outside writing time. All of the group was screwing around, they ALL got a warning. fine. When it came time to go in, they had a bunch of stuff, rulers, papers, chalk, pencils. DD was carrying it all. She asked for help. They other girls said no, she got a bit cheesed off and dropped the chalk down.
One girl saw and told on her. She went into class, was told to go and get the chalk and then told to move her pin for zero golden time.
The other 2 girls didn't lose anything.
I sat down with dd last night 2 times, I DIDN'T believe my child. I told her I didn't believe her. I said, why would the teacher take your golden time away for getting a bit frusterated and dropping chalk? I told her that if she was lying there would be a huge punishment.
When I talked to the teacher this morning, she sounded very flustered. I asked her why the whole group was not punished, as it was a whole group thing. She said that she would talk to the other girls today, I will talk to her again.
I would have zero problem with her losing her time if they all did. But then again, it has been crap weather here the last 4 weeks straight, and the first sunny pleasant day they get to go outside.... well I think as a child I would probably be messing around too.
This just seems so silly to me! I support teachers and their punishments 99% of the time, but this is just insane.