My Personal Apology
(Pick one from each group of choices)
I understand that your child has
I am, of course,
- triumphed over low expectations.
- performed in a way not supported by the data.
- been successful, though that sort of thing is really in the eye of the beholder, isn't it?
Your child deserves
- delighted to hear that.
- going to note that in the file.
- exceedingly skeptical.
If it seems that I have been less than supportive, please realize that
- our praise and pride.
- the benefit of the doubt.
- exactly what was found to be appropriate under the circumstances.
I will do everything that
- I have a large caseload.
- I've learned not to get my hopes up.
- you are very perceptive.
to make it up to you and ensure that you are treated with
- I can
- I'm instructed to by my administrator
- you require me to by court order
in the future. Please be assured that we at this school
- respect and collaboration
- carefully vetted civility
- sarcasm you can't see through quite so easily
and accept my sincere apology for ever doubting
- want every child to succeed,
- want to stay out of due process,
- hold you in as much contempt as you hold us,
- your child's ability
- your belief in your child's ability
- your ability to make a fuss.
And now, to give you a feel for what your failure to believe in a child's potential felt like from the other side of the table, take in the outpouring of reader responses to my question, "What's the Most Outrageous Thing That's Happened to You at an IEP Meeting?"; read the book Believe in My Child With Special Needs; and try to stay on the low end of my IEP Meeting Alert Levels from now on, willya? That's somebody's kid you're talking about.