This is what some parents are hoping. In The New Golden Rule, a reporter from Canada's National Post describes several court cases where teachers are being sued either for damage to a child's self-esteem or for failure of a student to learn. Some of the cases, if based on fact, may well show some lack of responsibility at the school level (especially those involving bullying and harassment). What about these kinds of claims?
The teacher hindered the student's learning by...
- failing to make the child record his first journal entry until two months into the school year.
- failing to make the child complete a handwriting workbook for the first three months of the school year.
- failing to provide more challenging work in spelling, reading and comprehension.
- failing to make the child finish a one-page poem and subsequently displaying the unfinished poem in the school hallway.
- failing to send a daily homework list home with the student for three weeks, thereby knowingly setting up the son for failure.