Every mom is proud when her child receives an award in school—but what if that award is a "joke" meant to make fun of your child? That's exactly what mom Christina Valdez faced when her 8-year-old daughter, 3rd grader Cassandra, came home with a "Catastrophe Award" from her teacher, for "most excuses for not having homework."
This award seemed anything but rewarding to Christina, who contacted the school's principal—and was told it was "a joke" and that this is something teachers do with the children in this school, Desert Springs Academy in Tucson, AZ.
8-year-old Cassandra showed reporters at KGUN9 her folder of completed homework, however, many with visible high marks, so it's unclear just which part of the "joke" was supposed to be funny. Education experts side with Cassandra and her mom, telling KGUN9 that "jokes" like this one are "inappropriate" and counterproductive.
See the video at KGUN9.com
How would you react if your child won the 'Catastrophe Award"?