Preteen just informed me that tomorrow in personal development he’s going to see a movie about “physical and social changes that occur in adolescence,” (that’s all he knows about it) but I’m supposed to write his teacher a note saying whether it’s okay for Preteen to see this movie or not. The teacher didn’t give him any information about it other than it’s a movie about physical and social changes that occur in adolescence, nor did he write out any kind of permission slip (which is what I’d expect a teacher to do in this situation)…instead I’M supposed to write a note saying whether it’s okay or not.
I’ve always been very open and honest with my kids about everything. No subject is taboo around here. So I doubt I’d have a problem with a movie on “physical and social changes that occur in adolescence.” But if a teacher needs permission to show something in school, isn’t it the TEACHER’S responsibility to write the permission slip? It seems a little weird to ask all the parents to send notes saying yes, it’s okay or no, it’s not okay. Especially when all we know about it is it’s a movie about “physical and social changes that occur in adolescence.” If I was the kind of parent who’d have a problem with something like this, I’d wonder what this guy is trying to hide? But since I’m not that kind of parent, I’m guessing what he’s trying to hide is the fact he didn’t get around to making up the permission slip.