Back to yesterday. I asked, as I always do, how his day at school went. He tells me it was okay, but he got "annoyed" (his word) with his gym teacher. When I asked why, he told me that his gym teacher told him
"My dog could play football better than you."
Um, yeah. And I bet your dog could teach physical education better than you do, nimrod! Dear Hubby played every sport there was in high school (the advantage of a small school). Coaches sometimes talk 'smack.' I get that. But IF - and it's a big 'if' - he feels compelled to "joke" like that (I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt that he WAS indeed joking), shouldn't he save it for his athletes with whom he has developed rapport, rather than talk smack to the unathletic kid who doesn't even know how to play football? Uh, yeah, what a way to inspire a love for sports, Coach.
I know there are some folks who will suggest that Son #1 and I need to develop a thicker skin, but I really disagree. As a Christian, I try to teach my kids to treat other people with dignity. But I also want them to know that they too should be treated with respect and they should stand up for themselves, tactfully and firmly, when they aren't. In the meantime, though, I 'got his back' (as well as Son #2's and Son #3's).
Fortunately, Son #1's IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting is on Feb. 1st and I will bring it up then since the assistant principal sits in then. His regular teachers are great with kids who learn differently, but I'm far less impressed with the teachers of the other classes like gym and music (I'll save music for another day).