As some of you may know - I have had issues in the past over reading books for my DS.
DS is 7 (Yr 3 summer baby) and a good reader. He prefers Wimpy Kid
and Beast Quest
, the school want him to read 'Children's Classics.'
Since he became a 'free reader' about a year ago we have managed to strike a reasonable balance (in my opinion) between the two. New Year 3 teacher, however, is a man with a mission. He gave DS first -The Ring of Solomon
by Jonathan Stroud. The vocabulary was very difficult and the story line rather confusing (especially as it was the 4th in a series!)
Then - The Last of the Sky Pirates
by Stewart/Riddell - not such tricky vocab but the 5th
in a series and DS never seemed able to remember what he had just read.
I made comments about this in the home/school diary so the book was removed and replaced with a much easier book which DS had already read.
So - putting on my best patient and understanding smile - I went to see the teacher and asked, politely, why I couldn't go on helping my son choose his books as I had always done in the past, and as I had done for the entire year my daughter was in his class.
No, said Teacher, I needed his expert knowledge to choose boys' books.
I reminded him that I heard DS read regularly, read to him every night, and went to the public library every week - but, no, not good enough for choosing boys' books.
Since he had just sent DS home with 3 unsuitable books in a row I couldn't see where the expert
bit came into it but it sounded like a lot of sexist claptrap to me.
Anyway, I have told Teacher that I would rather he didn't foist any more books on DS (they are Teacher's personal property - not from the school library - so he couldn't make an issue of it) but, I suspect that this will mean that Teacher will abdicate all responsibility for DS's literacy for the rest of the year as he has the perfect excuse for any lack of progress.
I'm actually very angry and insulted - on my own behalf and on behalf of my daughter - and also really don't like the thought of a man with such sexist attitudes teaching my son.
Am I missing something? Are boys' books and girls' books so different. I wouldn't want to read a Rainbow Fairy
anymore than a Horrid Henry
so why I am qualified to advise on one and not the other?