I was so proud of my son this week. He has just started secondary school (in September) and they were given a plan of homework to be set each day – so for instance, English homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Science on Mondays and Wednesdays. HOWEVER….his maths teacher kept giving them homework whenever she felt like it and not according to the plan.
Freddy went along with this for a while but he was getting angry and frustrated. It meant he had to stay up really late, struggling to the get the extra maths homework finished along with all the other homework he was set. And no one said anything! They were all too scared.
And then last week, his form teacher did a lesson about civil uprisings and how change can be made in a democracy! Freddy sat up and listened. She talked about petitions and suddenly he knew what he had to do.
The next day he started a petition…
PLEASE SIGN BELOW IF YOU THINK IT’S UNFAIR THAT WE GET MATHS HOMEWORK ON THE WRONG DAYS
29 out of the 31 children in his class signed it!
He took it up to his form teacher to show her…he said he was scared he might get in to trouble but he felt it was the right thing to do.
The form teacher looked at the petition and this was her response.
Freddy, I’m impressed with what you’ve done but it wouldn’t be the right thing to go marching off to Mrs _______ and show her this petition. However, I’m going to show it to the head of year and make sure something gets done about it.
Later on that day Freddy was summoned to the head of year. He asked Freddy to show him his homework planner and to explain when they were getting extra homework. He then emailed the offending maths teacher in front of Freddy and sent it off to her, simply pointing out that maths homework should be set on the specific maths homework days only.
His class were euphoric and grateful….
When Freddy told us he thought we might be cross.
But we weren’t cross at all…
WE WERE PROUD!
Have you ever stood up for something you believe in?
Have you faced up to someone who was doing something wrong?
It’s difficult and scary and you won’t always get the positive response Freddy got…
BUT IT’S SO SO IMPORTANT!