Well, here I am listening to another parent story.

No, it’s not actually me in the picture, but it certainly feels like me at the moment. 

This picture is taken from the movie “Network,” where Howard Beale (Peter Finch) a newscaster goes on nightly rants fed up with everything around him.  Throughout the movie he repeats the phrase, “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore,” which becomes his mantra.

I think I am starting to feel like Howard Beale all too often.

Today’s rant was triggered by a line in a learning disabled/dyslexic child’s report that said “Frank must learn to accept responsibility for his reading comprehension and to develop his own strategies.”

Frank is seven!  He’s a weak reader.  He’s not going to accept responsibility for his reading comprehension or develop strategies.

(I’m also fed up with the word “strategies,” but that’s another rant for another day.)

If Frank were a poor swimmer would you insist that he swim in the deep end of the pool?  Would reminding him to accept responsibility for his poor swimming skills help him along while he flounders?

The answer’s self-evident.

Yeesh.  I’m mad as hell