And now we’ve all been ill. Friday was the worst day for me and Oscar took the day off school although he seemed to perk up pretty quickly. He’s learning that he feels worse in the morning than he might do later and I’m also having to learn to be a bit more tough with someone who never has cried off anything before. Which brings me on to …football. He’s still looking bunged up and peaky today (Sunday) so although he’ll be going in tomorrow (unless he gets worse) I don’t think he should play football (unless he feels up to it which he may well decide he does) so I write a letter I presume and he goes to the library or something instead. Wrong. I write a letter and then the games teacher decides whether to ignore it or not and if he/she decide they do agree Oscar isn’t up to football then Oscar has to sit outside on the bench and write down what is happening in the game. !!*****!! Well there is something that has got even worse than when I was at school. We really have gone backwards.
I have several issues with this one. Firstly I don’t think the school should overrule the child’s wishes but hey, this is school, so I will change that to I don’t think they should overrule the parent’s wishes. Secondly, whatever happened to assuming that the children might actually not want to be missing sport? (and if they do then having a good long look at the selection of sport on offer – but heh, I’ve wandered off in to my dream world again.) Thirdly, surely they are shooting themselves in the foot as parents might just keep a slightly run down child at home for a whole day rather than risk them sitting around in freezing temperatures. I don’t molly coddle him but I don’t torture him either. In fact, I try to treat him as a human being and respect the fact that he is learning what his limits are and what he’s up to doing. Now there’s a novel idea.
Any thoughts on this? I just wondered if other schools have different policies or if this is the norm now? (If there is anyone out there still reading this – must finish off that back log of draft posts …)