When our daughter was 3, her older brother and sister left for the first day of school. She cried, wanted to go to school, too. I said, well, we'll home school you until 1st grade. I discovered the kid was like a sponge, I gave her all she could take. When she started 1st grade, the school has an open house each year shortly after school starts, for parents to meet the teachers, principal, etc. I made sure to talk to her teacher and asked her to challenge our daughter, I didn't want her falling through the cracks. I continued to do this for 2nd grade, however her 3rd grade teacher (bless her heart) not only challenged her, but taught 4th, 5th, 6th so I could have our daughter in her class. This woman will celebrate 20 yr teaching, our daughter has a nice surprise for her teacher on the last day of school. Her surpise is a blown up picture of our daughter looking down at some baby ducks she hatched out because her dad brought some duck eggs home. These ducks are swimming in the bird bath and the writing underneath says, PRIORITIES, "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." The picture is 18 X 24, we hope her teacher likes it.
It seems when the government took away discipline from the schools, ADD came into being. Parents who don't care, that attitude shows up in their kids. I feel so darn sorry sometimes for the teachers because their thumbs are tied behind their back. When I was in grade school, we had misbehavers, went to visit the principal and got whacked with the legendary "paddle". Straightened them right out.
I also know about tenure (wish they would do away with that) - seems the day they get tenure, some teachers start slacking and are just putting in their time. We'll see how Jr. High School is for our daughter, if they let her fall through the cracks, I'll just home school her. I think, however, that won't happen. I'll do what I did in grade school, talk to the teachers. BTW, it helps being involved somehow with your child's school. I'm on the Title V committee and get to have a voice on how our tax dollars are spent!!!