My son has to attend summer school because his writing was not up to par. The worse part is that they have penalized him for his dyslexia and there is really nothing I could do except feel like I let him down somehow.
I fault myself because back when he was just heading into second grade after attending a joke of a summer school, he really needed to stay back and repeat first grade and get a better foundation. However, the school sweet talked us on how they would make sure to get him extra tutoring and make sure that he would not stay behind. They did not do that.
Come the end of second grade where he was now diagnosed with dyslexia and his reading was way below par, the school told us he needed summer school. I refused and told them to keep him back. The school decided that because of his dyslexia they would just promote him without the summer school. I was not happy.
We changed schools due to buying a house and I should have told the new school that he needed to be retained in second grade but I did not. At the end of third grade, my son had made a lot of progress and just barely passed. I was so proud of him but it was still in the back of my mind that he is behind because I was not strong and forceful enough to make him repeat first grade and give him a firmer foundation.
Flash forward to this summer at the end of his fourth grade. He has made amazing progress in his reading and did more than just pass but got a B. I am so proud of him. On the flip side, his writing is lacking. The primary issue is the dyslexia causing his spelling to be really out there and they take points off for this on the standardized writing test he has to take. In addition, he is not the neatest but this is mostly because he hates writing so much that he races through. And they take off points for that as well. So he did not pass the writing exam and has to take summer school.
So from my point of view as the father, the dad, the advocate, the caregiver, the protector and the education adviser, I feel like I have let him down by not fighting hard enough back in first grade or not finding him more tutoring or something. I just feel like somehow I missed it and now he is punished with the loss of part of his summer vacation because of it. I have had my wife tell me that I am being too hard on myself and perhaps I am. But I will say that this world could do with a lot more fathers that cared about their children as much as I care for mine and fight for every inch of their future for them.
So right now I am bummed. And to top it off, I entered a sweepstakes because I watch the show anyway and all you had to do was give the word of the day online. So I get a call from the sweepstakes holder and I am thinking, “OMG I WON!” Nope. They just called to thank me for entering and try to sell me something. ARGH!!
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