Last night was the Parent Orientation at my daughter's middle school. I followed her schedule and got a 9 minute "class" with each of her teachers. I left flabbergasted at some of the comments I heard (with the exception of the first example, I'm paraphasing. But the gist of it is there.): - From her science teacher: "Extra help is from 6:30 am until 7:15 am. At 7:15 she leaves for bus duty. After school is out of the question because 'I sign out at 2.' " To the best of my knowledge, no one MAKES her sign out at the end of the school day, but she apparently cannot give extra help because she chooses to sign out. So for any parent who cannot get their kids to school at 6:30 am-- perhaps because they have younger kids at home, extra help is an issue. - From her math teacher: "We don't have textbooks. By the time I got there, there were none left. " Excuse me?? My daughter doesn't have a math textbook because there weren't enough for her??? Nope, not gonna fly. I'm making a phone call. Also from her math teacher "I teach 4 8th grade Regents classes along with your kids' 7th grade class. Extra help is before or after school-- EXCEPT on the occasions when I'm also testing or quizzing my 8th graders. If that happens, you kids will have to see one of the other 7th grade teachers." Again, excuse me??? My daughter is one of YOUR students, but if there's a conflict she automatically gets less of your time than your other classes??? Obviously the extra help isn't an issue in my house, but I'm assuming that every other parent in that room was as taken aback as I was. If I were not a math teacher, I would be persuing this one. - Her Italian teacher was so busy telling us about her trip to Italy that she never told us how the grade was determined or about extra help. We were kept late because she forgot to pass around sign in sheets. I left there just thinking.. WOW. Things are VERY different at my school.