Isaac is 16. He is a smart kid who until recently never had to work for good grades. The end of last year we thought perhaps the stress the family had been under was accounting for grades that were less than stellar. It was the end of the year. We spoke to him but didn't give him any major consequences.
This year when school resumed, Isaac moved up to the high school. His grades remained significantly less than impressive. We spoke again. The grades did not budge. We enacted some meaningful consequences. He protested vociferously. I spoke with teachers during the week of conferences. Some noted he seemed to be engaged in attention seeking behavior in class. I had words with the manchild about his class behavior. We enforced consequences. Grades improved.
I did notice that it seemed to only be the teachers who were younger women where he was behaving poorly. Hhhmmm...
Friday he came home and we had the following conversation.
Him: Remember how my biology teacher Mr. B. is leaving the second half of the year?
Him: Well we got the new teacher today. I just want you to know my grade will be going from a 95 to a 75.
Me: (firmly) Oh no it won't.
Him: (smiling dreamily) Oh yeah...it will...the new teacher is a woman...and she is HAWT! I'll be lucky if I even pass.
Me: Oh, you'll keep your grade where it ought to be. You've proved you're capable.
Him: (whining) But Mom, she is so hot I am never going to be able to concentrate on anything she is saying during class.
Me: I'll tell her to wear baggy clothes, not comb her hair, blacken a tooth, and stop bathing.
They really have to start hiring women who look like this.