The following paragraphs was written at greatschools.org by a parent who was concerned about their childs poor performance in an algebra class. The kid is a male ninth grader who hates his algebra teacher. He hates how the teacher dresses and hates the way she looks. Yes, we are talking about a male student who hates the way his female teacher dresses! Sounds like the kid may be grappling with sexual orientation but that is another post.
The paragraph just smacks of a child who feels entitled to have everything his way down to the way his teacher chooses her wardrobe. It is more likely that this kiddo hates math more than the teacher and is just unwilling to admit his unwillingness to work hard in class and at home.
To rear a child properly these days can become so burdensome that many parents have nervous fighting all the battles. Some teachers are jerks and control freaks and need to be confronted. However, in this case the child appears to be much too pampered and spoiled and I think some old-fashioned discipline is in order. Whiny kids should learn early in life that taking charge of your life and making good decisions can be the difference between a happy or a miserable future.
I have a ninth grader who is failing his algebra class. He tells me that he hates the teacher. He hates the way she dresses. He hates the way she looks. I have met with her several times and we both are frustrated. I can’t get my son motivated to do the work and turn in his work. She is the only 9th grade algebra teacher. I can’t move classrooms. My son lacks motivation. I do let him know that math is very important for his future and for college. What else can I do?