I am writing this letter in hopes that it will get the attention of
Calhoun County parents.
In my opinion the county school system, is not what it should be. When
complaints are made,
little or nothing is done.
My child attends Arnoldsburg Elementary School, where Micro Society
has been incorporated.
In my opinion this program is hurting more than it helps.
Last week while the children were eating lunch they were rudely
interrupted, to see who did and
did not have their "Bee Bucks" (play money, given as rewards, to be
spent on Market Day.) The
children who had them were allowed to continue eating. The children
who had forgotten or
didn't have them were told to move to another table and also lost
I attended all the Micro Society meetings for parents, when the
program was first started. We
were told the program would be fair to all children. We were told that
the Micro Society was
supposed to be as much like "real society" as possible.
In real society, if you are fined you have an allotted time to pay
your fine, not so in the Micro
Society. The program is supposed to be about the children, but the
children are being fined of
their Bee Bucks unfairly. If a parent over-sleeps and their child is
tardy, the child is fined. If
children have to leave school early for doctor appointments, they are
fined. If a parent forgets to
send an absence excuse to school, the child is fined.
The parents were told the program would eliminate punishment. I see
this type of unfair fining
When confronting these issues the parents are told that we
misunderstood what was said in the
meetings, but the parents attending, know what we heard.
One parent is not going to make a difference, parents need to come
together to get these
issues changed for the better. I know some are afraid to come forward,
because of what
happened to me last year, when I tried to confront issues, but, if we
don't stand up for our
children, no one else will either. Let's make our schools a better
place for all children.
Arnoldsburg WV 2/14/01