It is true. I got in trouble in Bible class last night. The director of the children's ministry even came to chastise me. I will get into why in a minute, but first you need a little background.
I signed up as an assistant for the creation science for kids class a couple of months ago. When I signed up, I was given a packet of stuff including what to do with unruly kids. We have just finished the first six weeks (4th grade). This was the first week of the new rotation of 3rd graders.
So what did I do? I took a belligerent kid to his mom. I know you are all horrified. Normally in a church with 5,000 members that would be a virtually impossible thing to do, but in this case I know the family and knew exactly where the mother would be. When we got to her, the mother seemed grateful and asked to keep the son with her. So I said OK and left him with her.
A few minutes later, the main teacher excuses herself and asked one of the assistant teachers to take over. She returned with the director in tow. The director told me in no uncertain terms that we are not to involve the parents except under very extreme circumstances. The proper response is to talk to the child at least twice about proper behavior. (Silly me. Here I was thinking that one warning was plenty for a third grader that has grown up coming to church and already knows how to act.) The next course of action is to find the person in charge of elementary or the childhood director herself.
Now of course I had read this weeks ago in the packet of stuff. I had assumed that this was because parents in a huge crowd of people are almost impossible to find. But no. The director explained that it was because parents feelings would be hurt if their child is brought to them.
So what do you think of this story? Am I a naughty, crazy teacher or what?