Here is an excerpt from an e-mail I recently received from a parent:
"Iknow quite a few teachers persopnally, some really truly care andrealize that they do effect a child. Some are just collecting apaycheck. We have never met so I don't know you, but I hope you are onethat really truly cares, because whether you know it or not you have thepower to change a childs life!"
This after a courtesy e-mail I sent to inform her that after 3 failed quarters, one quarter (the 1st) when he passed by one point (given out of the kindness of my heart), and a 90 on the final exam, her son did not manage to pass my class.
This after I have been e-mailing her since March about the fact that not only does her son not do any work in my class, but he probably has a myriad of other issues.
This after I have spent hours talking with her son, trying to motivate him, talking with the Child Study Team about him, and encouraging him when he was ready to throw in the towel.
This after I agonized about whether or not I should just give
the kid another 5 points on his yearly average so he could pass, but decided that that would be enabling him.
She's right. Clearly I don't give a shit.