What a Poor Boy!

I usually hold meetings with my students' parents twice a year. One of them is held during the summer vacation and the other is done at the end of the year.

At the meetings, we talk about a variety of topics ranging from their attitudes during my lessons to private matters. As a teacher, these meetings are indispensable for me to see my classes objectively and to know what they require in my classes.

Last week, I held a meeting with one of my students and his mother. Frankly, he's been a troublesome student somewhat. He's forgotten his homework and some tasks I had given him many times. What's worse, he's liable to toy with his pencil, eraser or something like that while I'm talking. In fact, as he usually doesn't listen to me, his skills have lagged behind in his class. Of course, I've tried to do whatever I came to mind to attract his attention and to interest him in English for five years. However, all of my attempts failed... He hasn't got involved in my lessons on his own volition.
As such, I asked his mother about his attitude toward other subjects at his school. As I imagined, he hasn't done well in those either.
His mother made a clean breast of their private matters. She's a full-time worker, so she hasn't spent enough time with him since he was small. What's worse, she's not good at caring for his studies. That's why she decided to leave the responsibility up to schools such as a cram school or my class.
Not only she, but his father doesn't get involved either....

When he was in the lower grades, I told her to have time with him and to try to get involved in his home study. I believe that the lower grades is the most important stage for children to make a point of studying at home. However, she missed the time....
During the meeting, I asked him how much he enjoyed learning English. At that time, his mother interrupted and said, "You told me you tried to study English for ME, not yourself, didn't you!"
He shrunk away from her....Oh, my......

Truthfully, ever since he entered my class, I've been afflicted by his attitude. I've mulled over the reason and the best way for his studies.
After that, I realized the reason why he's always distracted and doesn't listen to me: his parents' apathy toward him or his school life causes his languid attitude toward everything.....

What a poor boy!

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