Disrespectful or not?

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  1. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    OK...15yr old DS came home from school and said he got in trouble for correcting a teacher.

    Here's the scenario...

    In Math class, teacher says ' When you plus x and y, you get z.


    It wasnt an isolated incident, she had been saying this since the beginning of school several weeks ago.

    Does the same thing with minus. 'When you minus y from z, you get x'

    So, he started correcting her, when she would say plus, he would say add.

    I want to reprimand him for being disrepectful, but I also want him to know that he was right.

    How to handle?
  2. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    I would just explain some people say things different.
    His teacher is an 'elder' and 'elders' are to be respected.
  3. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    He should have said what he had to say after or before class, not in front of everyone. At this point, he should apologize for correcting the teacher in front of class but respectfully stand his ground on using the English language correctly (IMHO).

    Good for you for producing a 15 year old that can speak well.
  4. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Well, he is right but he was wrong to correct his teacher (repeatedly?) in front of other students. I think he just needs to apologize to his teacher for the attitude/public argument/whatever and then learn that in the future he should speak to them in person, alone, to discuss issues like this.
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    That's a tough one. The teacher was probably saying it like that so the kids wouldn't get confused, though it would be more confusing to them later on with teachers that would expect them to know the difference.

    Just realized you said DS is 15...the teacher should know better at this point

    I really don't know how I would handle that. I guess because the teacher is an 'authority', it is disrespectful to correct her in front of the class. Personally, I think it is wrong to correct anyone in front of people, but that's just me. Maybe tell him that he should speak to her after class about it? I don't know.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  6. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    LOL - apparently three of us thought the same thing at the same time! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  7. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    I would explain to him that it's impolite to correct someone in public. If there is a problem that needs to be addressed, it should be done in private, so as not to embarrass the person being corrected.
  8. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:I agree with this - I would say wait til after class, but definately tell the teacher that she/he is saying it wrong.

    I mean, come on - this is a teacher - they are supposed to say things correctly. (I recall a 2nd grade teacher my son had that always said Axed instead of Asked - used to make me want to slap her.)

    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  9. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    It is disrespectful to do it in front of the class. The BIL just got detention for refusing to sing in music class. Not because he was quietly "not singing" but because he felt the need to explain to the teacher he thought the activity was not worth his while.

    Perhaps it is all about timing?
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:Wonder why certain people can't realize that a forum like this is public? (and I don't mean you, ksacres, I'm speaking in general [​IMG])

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