Third grade student Cassandra Garcia was brought up in front of her class to be given an award. What should have been a proud moment was, instead, meant “as a joke” according to her teacher, who gave her a “catastrophe” award for the most excuses for not having homework.
Cassandra’s mother, Christina Valdez says her daughter’s class at Desert Springs Elementary laughed at her daughter as she stood in front of the class with her award. When she questioned the teacher, Mrs. Plowman, about the award later, she says the teacher told her “it was a joke that was played and that the teachers joke around with the children.” But Valdez isn’t laughing.
A psychologist at the University of Arizona School of Arizona, Sheri Bauman, told KGUN9 says that fake awards like the “catastrophe award” can be harmful to young children. ”They feel less than, they feel fearful of authority of what might happen if they make a mistake,” said Bauman.
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