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One dad's point of view

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proud moment

Starting school is such an exciting time for little ones who can not wait to learn and make new friends.

It is an exciting time for parents as well to watch this milestone come to pass. However, excitement can sometimes be mixed with feelings of anxiety. To protect their child is a mom and dad’s job, right? But reality sets in quite quickly when you accept the fact your son or daughter will no longer be with you every second of the day. That is when the huge responsibility to nurture your child falls into the hands of someone else and hopefully someone who is a caring individual, which is the case 99% of the time.

Since children rely on the adults in their lives to take care of them, sometimes it is necessary for those who love them the most to take a stand and to be their voice. One such example is the following letter written by a parent in response to an unfortunate event that occurred in a classroom ten years ago.

Dear Ms. Turner,

A few days back you asked my son a question in front of the entire class that I think deserves an answer. He isn't capable of answering your question in the manner it deserves; therefore, I humbly ask the favor of speaking in his place.

It all began when a student sitting two desks away threw a lunchbox across the room that struck my boy in the face. He in turn tossed the lunchbox in the trash. After my son received a disciplinary referral, you asked him this question, “Why are you even in this class?” Please allow me to try to explain.

Years ago our son who was in the first grade had difficulty reading. After that we were relieved when his teachers took a special interest in his education in order for him to catch up. To make a long story short, God opened a lot of doors for us and today, he is getting a high quality education in which we are proud.

That is why my son is in your class.

We've had our share of triumphs and a few setbacks over the last five years. However, through it all, we've praised him when he did well and we've punished him when he deserved it. All the while we've thanked God and asked Him to guide our son along the path He's chosen for him, and that He would grant his teachers patience and some degree of understanding. God's been mighty good to us.

That is why my son is in your class.

The larger question that comes to my mind is "Why shouldn't he be in your class?" Could it be you think he is less worthy of your respect just because he is different? It is okay, Mrs. Turner, really it is. We forgive you. You see, that young man is not a defect that does not belong in your regular ed. class. He's a twelve year old kid that thinks he has to be a clown to fit in and disguise the fact he struggles with reading. He, like all the other children, has parents that love him, warts and all, and we want the best for him. Somebody knew he has what it takes as a student and somebody knew you have what it takes as his teacher. And, that is why our son is in your class.


One proud dad

African Proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals.


  • Gene Bowker, Augusta Road Trip Travel Examiner 5 years ago

    Wow, what a letter. I'm very proud of the father for writing the letter and believing in his son like that. Thanks for sharing.

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