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Anyone think that "who is your best friend?" is a good subject to learn about bar charts?

(38 Posts)
DraculaNeedsArteries Thu 16-Oct-08 17:40:02

Cos when you find out that you child is only named twice it makes you sad

But then to see that the class brat has o makes you go grin

PortAndDemon Thu 16-Oct-08 17:41:53

Er, no. What were they thinking? shock

Romy7 Thu 16-Oct-08 17:44:02

i don't know whether to laugh at the sheer unsuitability of it, or cry...

it reminds me of a comedy show sketch...

Romy7 Thu 16-Oct-08 17:45:31

'now tell me children, who has the least number of friends? anyone, anyone? that's right. little naomi. why do we think that is? anyone? anyone?'

morningpaper Thu 16-Oct-08 17:47:28


Jeez some teachers are THICK

I would go absolutely HYSTERICAL and complain left right and centre

It's horrendous

TheFallenMadonna Thu 16-Oct-08 17:49:14

Did they all do that? Or could they choose a subject? DS came home with a pie chart on favourite saints once - his choice of survey topic hmm He said it was tricky because most children couldn't name any saints grin

nooOOOoonki Thu 16-Oct-08 17:49:57

that is worse than picking teams

how totally thoughtless

DraculaNeedsArteries Thu 16-Oct-08 18:13:42

"'now tell me children, who has the least number of friends"..yup that was one of the questions.

Not sure if they all did that TBH...I only looked at DTD1's book (at parents evening)...looking at other childrens excercise books would have been worse than looking in their lunchbox grin.

DTD2 did "how many siblings have you got" but she is in a different class.

TBH MP I hadn't thought about complaining. I wonder if they did it the day the OFSTED inspectors were in recently hmm?

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Thu 16-Oct-08 18:14:56

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TotalChaos Thu 16-Oct-08 18:15:55

shock I think it's complaint worthy too. Has the potential to be downright cruel.

DraculaNeedsArteries Thu 16-Oct-08 18:27:55

Having subtly asked more info from DTD1

Apparently each group had a different question to ask...But from a list provided from a teacher.

But even if it wasn't from a list surely the teacher should have coaxed them into chosing somethign more appropriate?

I know DTD1 only got 2 votes out of 30ish, but I know that she is an all round popular girl and plays a backseat role in all social groups rather than havinf best friends I can look at the output from that POV.

The "class brat" that got zero votes (OK I don't like her personally, although I know her and her family well and don't wish this on anyone), she isn't very easy to get on with and from what I can see a zero vote is a genuine reflection of her friendship circle; will have had a hugely negative impact on her self confidence (I know that she had a few days off school recently after "something happened to upset her", I wonder if it was this) and it would equally have knocked the confidence of her mother. I do feel sad for her and her family particularly

janeite Thu 16-Oct-08 18:33:19

Awww Romy - I have a Naomi; she has LOTS of friends!

Seriously though, yes it's a stupid idea: reminds me of when I was at school and the language teachers used to go around the class asking "What does your father do?", "How many cars do your family have?" etc and used to make me feel somehow ashamed of my lovely blue collar, non-driving parents, amongst all the doctors and three cars etc.

Hulababy Thu 16-Oct-08 20:13:59

Dreadful subject matter for the class!

Even if the children were choosing their own topics I would expect any haf decent teacher to move them away from that topic, and onto another.

Habbibu Thu 16-Oct-08 20:15:34

Good lord - that's bonkers...

Flamesparrow Thu 16-Oct-08 20:16:09

that is shit

totalmisfit Thu 16-Oct-08 20:27:12

Just wrong on so many levels.

Write a formal letter of complaint to the head and the board of governers. Said teacher is either too stupid to be employed or is an active bully.

Either way, don't let this get swept under the carpet, make the bitch pay. angry

janeite Thu 16-Oct-08 20:29:50

Goodness Misfit; that's a strange way of phrasing things: the teacher was misguided clearly but hardly enough to justify her being called names and made "to pay."

EachPeachPearMum Thu 16-Oct-08 20:39:10

That is horrible- poor children.
The best one I've seen is using the number of letters in their names- completely non-judgemental.

poisondwarf Thu 16-Oct-08 20:49:40

Outrageous. Feeling very hormonal today but that's made me feel really quite sad.

wheresthehamster Thu 16-Oct-08 20:51:46

God, it was a bad call by the teacher misfit, no one died

beansontoast Thu 16-Oct-08 20:55:17

noooooo!...shoe size or birthdays or soemthing!

(also shakes finger at drac for grining that anyone is friendless...tut tut)

Orinoco Thu 16-Oct-08 20:55:44

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spudballoo Thu 16-Oct-08 20:56:02

Oh no, that's so upsetting. I don't have school age children but I would weep if I saw that..I can remember with horribly clarity what it felt like to 'know' you weren't one of the popular children, never mind see it displayed graphically and then DISCUSSED.

How could any adult, never mind an educational specialist, think this is appropriate?

This has really upset me on behalf of any child that wasn't top of that chart.

I thought it was children who was supposed to be cruel, not the teachers.

HRHSaintMamazon Thu 16-Oct-08 20:57:40

I would be so angry if Ds's class did this.
He would most certainly get 0 and he would be very very upset by that.

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