Monday, May 18, 2009


Are you getting tired of hearing me rant about Eldest's school?

Hope not.

I am tired of the school though.

All I really ask is that they do their jobs, you know, teach the material in the curriculum in an effective way and ensure the children don't die.

Seems the gym teacher didn't get the memo.

Eldest is largely fine, though sore and sucking back ibuprofin. She's lucky.

See, the gym teacher thought it would be a good idea for the students, as a mandatory requirement, to build variations on human pyramids.

There are a lot of different pyramids. If they don't successfully build these, they fail. No points for trying.

There are also very few mats provided. We discovered this today.

Seems one of the things they had to do was lift one of the kidshorizontally over their heads and hold them there straight armed. SO Eldest got heaved off the ground by three other girls, and dropped. The first time, she grabbed onto another student's head. Must have hurt. The second time they dropped her, from above their heads, flat on her back, straight on the floor; please note, there was a mat, about the size of a door and approx 2 inches thick. However the kids staggered away from it while trying to hold her up, and two of them had to do a half turn while she was up there (don't ask me why).

The teacher was watching this.

The teacher did not do any spotting, you know, trying to catch say, her head, before it cratered.

They tried again, and dropped her AGAIN flat on her back on the gym floor.

The teacher watched, then gave them a zero.

I don't know if I am more frustrated, more enraged or more furious.

Needless to say I am going in AGAIN tomorrow.


Why can't they just do their jobs? (she whines)

Honestly, impart a little information and try not to kill them.

That's it.

That's all I ask.


Beth said...

I would be furious! In fact, I’m fuming right now. That was negligence – as in, that teacher could be sued for allowing that to happen. (Here, anyway.)
Three times! Absolutely appalling.
If you remember, I’m the one with a kid with a history of concussions. If your Eldest fell on her head, watch for symptoms – even tomorrow.
Hope she is okay.
Give them bloody hell.

J.G. said...

Good grief! This is shockingly irresponsible. Don't blame you for being smokin' mad.

Meanwhile, I hope Eldest is okay. Do keep a close eye on her.

Anonymous said...

Is there a shortage of sanity in this area?!

Good luck round-house kicking them, Chuck Norris style.

And get well soon, Eldest

TeacherMommy said...

I can't even imagine the shitstorm that would hit if such a thing happened here in the States. News at 5, full coverage, teacher hanged, drawn, and quartered.

Guess you'll have to provide the storm all by yourself. Somehow I think you'll manage.

Beth said...

That's completely nuts! I hope you get it sorted out. That should NOT be going on...
SO dangerous!

TeacherMommy said...

Oh--by the way, tag! You're it! But only if you want to be. Or are bored. Or need something to post.

Beth said...




You have GOT to be HUMAN with half a brain would decide to do this FOR A GRADE???!!! IN SCHOOL??? OMG....I am boiling right now!!! Do not make me come over there and open up a can 'o whoop ass on someone!!!!!

that is NUTS.

She said...


That's complete negligence and totally unacceptable! I'm enraged on your behalf!

Seriously, head injuries are not to be taken lightly.

I hope eldest is okay. (Whispering a prayer for her right now!)

mmichele said...

That is bizarre. It's not really even a skill or a physical fitness kind of goal to be able to climb on top of a human pyramid... so so strange.

Might be worth failing sometimes.

hulagirlatheart said...

You're not whining. You're trying to protect your child from a STUPID practice. How crazy is that??? I would be furious.