Our children attend the much sought after Vanguard School, formerly known as Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy.
Those of you who know us or follow this blog, are aware of the legal battle we are involved in regarding the school’s treatment of, what they consider, “students not in good standing” due to their… disability. Yes, you read that right.
Our 9-year-old, Michael, is a nerd – I say this proudly of course. He loves science. His microscope, petri dishes, and science experiments are his greatest joys.
The other day Michael, took his petri dishes to school because his homeroom teacher said he could bring them to show the class all the bacteria he’s been growing.
On our way to his classroom, another teacher stops him, “What’s that Michael?”
“They’re my petri dishes,” he says proudly showing them off.
“Petri dishes? I’ve never heard of that.”
“You’ve never heard of petri dishes?” he asks.
I’m right behind them and listening in to the conversation. Frankly at this point I am FLOORED by this teacher’s answer.
“No, what are they?” asks the teacher.
“You grow bacteria in them.”
“Oh. Very nice,” she says.
Seriously? SERIOUSLY???? She’s never heard of “petri dish”??? She is a second grade teacher. An “outstanding” one at that according to the school.
The Vanguard School is extremely proud of its school and teachers.
“… I think you’ll be excited about what you find here. …”
No… not when a teacher has never heard of petri dishes. It’s such a BASIC thing to know as a human being, never mind a teacher.
“… So it is at The Vanguard School, where our students, guided by outstanding, dedicated teachers, are earning a reward from which they will reap benefits for a lifetime.”
Guided by outstanding teachers who will benefit children? Not based on experience and certainly not knowledge.
A lesson in current news is certainly in order. Even assuming this “outstanding teacher” does not teach science, there have been enough news stories about Ebola. A petri dish always makes an appearance. Hell, does she know what in vitro fertilization means? There’s a petri dish involved somewhere in there as well.
That’s like a teacher saying she’s never heard of the alphabet before. Good grief.
Assuming you are reading this, and happen… just happen to know about or work at this school, here’s a petri dish.