My son’s teacher has called my son a liar (he didn’t) and told him his project was unacceptable and ‘terrible’ (actually, I thought is was perfectly acceptable for 3rd grade and certainly something he did by himself and was something that he was proud of).
I would not expect any teacher (esp in primary school) to say anyone’s work was terrible…I expect constructive criticism (like add some photos, you need a title page, you need to expand your essay, I want a cover, etc.) esp when something was handed in a week early! Besides, I read her instructions and I couldn’t figure out what she wanted . He got a chance to turn in the project again (minus 10 points for being late) but it looked nothing like her written expectation and probably everything that she wanted.
Oh, did I mention that she’s north american? And yes, we are in the international division of a local school. Which then speaks of the uneven teachers that your kids might encounter. And then you might have no recourse, since there might be only one class per grade.