The mother of an 8-year-old Arizona girl who was presented with a “Catastrophe Award” for apparently having the most excuses for not having homework believes her child was humiliated by her teacher.
Christina Valdez said her daughter, Cassandra Garcia, came home one day from class at Desert Springs Academy in Tucson, Ariz., with the paper award.
The document, which looks like a colorful card, contained the following message: “You’re Tops! Catastrophe Award. Awarded to Cassandra Garcia. For Most Excuses for Not Having Homework.”
The teacher signed the card “Ms. Plowman,” added the date – May 18, 2012 – and even included a smiley face.
Cassandra said the teacher announced the award in front of the entire class, and the other students laughed at her. Her Mom says it was cruel and not appropriate.
What do you think. No big deal, it was to teach the kid a lesson or example of bad teacher behavior?