On top of that, you have your mother living at home being taken care of by you. So she has to be loaded up into your car every time you leave because she can't be left alone at home.
Add to that the fact that you are having to drive your younger son back and forth to the hospital and doctor because of his blood sugar. I totally understand. It's next to impossible for you to be everywhere at once.
But you hired me to tutor your oldest son. It's his senior year. His cumulative GPA is 1.5 and it has been that way since his Freshmen year. He can barely do algebra. His handwriting motor skills suggest a learning disability (which btw no one knows how to treat, unless it's the day of their interview for the position of LD specialist, but that's the subject of another blog entry...). Yet you waited until his senior year to get him some help. I'm sure there are other factors (besides an AWOL dad) such as money, so I'm committing myself to be extra gracious about this situation.
But, four weeks ago, when I asked you to go online and check his progress, you said you weren't registered and that you needed to get the password from the counselor. That was four weeks ago, and every week has been the same thing: you promise to see the counselor and will get his progress.
I checked with the school. They do not have a way for you to sign a release allowing me to communicate with his teacher. They said that YOU must give me the password. While I understand that your hands are very full right now, please understand that it is very difficult for me to provide effective tutoring for a failing student, if I cannot monitor his progress. He needs accountability.
Right now, all I can resort to is to ask him how he is doing. His answer is always "pretty good". He confided in me that he was getting a C. When I shared that grade with you, it was the first time you heard about it. I can understand your dissatisfaction with that kind of grade. I am dissatisfied as well and have admonished him to get it up to at least a B. But admonishment can only go so far.
Yet, you want me to prepare him for Calculus. He wants to be a software engineer. When we met for the first time, before any tutoring had even begun, I told you that Calculus is probably not an option anytime in the near future. So you can see why when we have our conferences, I keep reminding you that I probably won't be able to meet that goal. That, chances are, he will have to take remedial math in college next year. He will probably be able to manage it better because of the help I was able to provide. However, Calculus is very far away right now. I know he wants to be a software engineer and that calculus is involved in that. However, I have to meet him where he's at. Right now, he's in Los Angeles and needs a ride to New York. Flying is not an option so we will have to drive. It's extra difficult because he keeps getting car-sick and he have to make frequent stops.
The bottom line is that he is being left in the dust right now. As I've said before, he needs accountability. The most logical way to provide that accountability is for me to monitor his progress online. I need that password.