I find this story a bit intriguing and I think you might too. A teacher (Ms. Plowman) at the Desert Springs Academy in Tucson, Arizona, gave out awards earlier this week as part of an end of the year celebration. Every child received some sort of award or recognition in front of the entire third grade class. Eight-year-old Cassandra received the “catastrophe award” for being the “one student with the most excuses for not having their homework done.” The children laughed, but the mother did not. She is beside herself while defending her daughter and claiming Cassandra was bullied. An investigation is pending and the teacher has not yet been disciplined.
I have to admit that I find this story a little amusing. As a father of three children, I understand the whole homework saga. Actually, I thought Ms. Plowman was rather creative. In fact, if she were to make this story any better, she should have included a printed listing of all the excuses used that year. That way other children would have a useful excuse resource for the upcoming forth grade. Think about it this way, if Mrs. Murphy (my 3rd grade teacher) had done this to any of my classmates including myself, it wouldn’t have made the newscast. Either it’s a slow news day or it’s much to do about n nothing. Who knows, maybe this is actually a good lesson for Cassandra to learn about the value and importance of completing homework on a timely basis. Lessons earned early pay big dividends. In my opinion, let’s save the bullying crusade for the important stuff like real bullying.