Community Editor Samantha Turner email@example.com
7:51 pm on Friday, September 3, 2010
I don't remember saying my son had a positive experience or that Lemon was an asset to his classroom. If I did, it was before I realized how terrible the situation with Lemon in the classroom really was. Too much time was wasted in that classroom around Lemon. She was a distraction in the classroom to both Mrs. Backman and the children. I also think she is a health issue. I don't think she belongs in the classroom on a daily basis. I am willing to compromise however. I am willing to see Lemon in the classroom twice a month for just a few hours in the afternoon. This would allow the students to have an opportunity to learn from Lemon and her disability. In short - No Daily Duck, Yes to Limited Lemon.
8:33 pm on Sunday, August 29, 2010
we don't always agree on things. In fact I'm sure of that.
But, I do respect your opinion as well as Susan's opinion.
I'm not afraid to let people know how I feel about Lemon. She is a distraction to in the classroom to both Mrs. Backman and the children. I also think she is a health issue.
I don't think she belongs in the classroom. Please read my previous post.
Yes, I would meet anyone else on this Blog to talk over this issue face to face.
10:06 pm on Friday, August 27, 2010
Mrs.Backman states that Lemon is an asset to her classroom.
I strongly disagree!!! My child was in Mrs. Backman's class this past year. I told my wife on more then one occasion that I thought the duck was a large distraction to both the children and in particular Mrs. Backman. The whole environment and culture of that classroom revolved around Lemon. I don't believe the children received the fair amount of attention from Mrs. Backman as they would have in another classroom. I am not alone in thinking this. More than one parent has stated to me since the school year finished that they thought the same thing.
In hindsight, I should have switched classrooms for my child this past year to another non-distracted teacher. But, to be honest with you, I didn't realize it was such a problem to later in the year. By then, my child was settled in the classroom. It was a co-taught classroom and this was a benefit to my child as a whole. As for the heath concerns of the class, each time I went into my child's class it seemed to smell pretty bad. There were feathers that were collected off the floor and put in a jar. I wonder if there could be a legal issue around the health issue here? In closing, I want all to know I think the correct decision is to keep Lemon out of the classroom.She was a distraction to Mrs. Backman and the children as well as a possible legal health issue.
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