Post edited to include: Please don't wrongly assume that this post is directed at my children's school, Laie Elementary. I LOVE Laie Elementary and the wonderful teachers there. This post was triggered by a general observation of the state of the public education system as a whole, watching too much news while on the mainland and many fascinating discussions with friends (who are MUCH smarter than I. . . than me. . . than I. . . see what I mean?).
I'd still love your opinion on THIS:
How do you make sure your kids
get the best they can from public education?
I just want my kids to feel smart
I just want my kids to develop their own unique creativity
(IT AMAZES ME!)
I just want my kids to think independently
(THEY'RE SMARTER, AND MORE INNOVATIVE, THAN ME . . .
TIMES 47 BILLION)
I just want my kids to be confident in who they are inhernetly
(THEY'RE COOLER THAN ANYONE ELSE I KNOW)
Is that too much to ask??
. . . .
A lot of my problems with public school
are chalked up as being "just a normal part of growing up."
since when is a 2nd grader's ability to write a word (neatly)
20 times more indicative of his ability to spell it
than just repeating it correctly a few times orally?
How does that activity nurture a true and lasting love of learning?
(particularly when the kid is clearly maxed out and miserable . . .)
how does forcing a kindergartner to color PERFECTLY within the lines
say anything about his intellect?
Particularly if the kindergartner HATES coloring.
and don't you dare go on and on about learning fine motor skills.
there are clearly other ways to encourage proper fine motor development
that won't SQUASH the child's eventual love of writing.
How does holding a kid back from recess
because she didn't finish her math as quickly as her peers . . .
do ANYTHING constructive for ANYONE?!
I could go on.
. . . .
just because WE grew up in a broken system,
that doesn't make it normal.
what I see
(now that I'm looking with my own two eyes
and not through the bottle thick glasses I wore through my public education k-12)
is NOT anywhere in sight of "normal."
and at the very least. . . it sure doesn't have to be.
I'm not here to bag on government.
except that I am in fact going to bag on everyone,
just a little.
because for crying out loud,
and it's all our fault (collectively).
government, I don't know what to say to you.
though if I did, it might sound something like "lay off!" . . . ???
you act like because you give us money,
you get to control us. . .
wasn't it our own money to begin with?!
teachers, where has your passion gone?!
(because I know you didn't get into this for the money)
and don't blame it on government restrictions,
or lack of funding.
Last I checked, passion came from WITHIN
(the majority portion of which is choice based, trust me)
and is born from the love and respect you have
for the children who need you
(even if you secretly want to hit them upside the head,
and again, trust me, I know a lot of them could probably use it).
Administrators. . .
I've been told that you are the children's advocates.
act like it.
cut our teachers (and parents) some slack and let them
do the job (that I truly believe many of them were BORN to do)
the way it needs to be done.
(they way only THEY can do it, because they're amazing!)
get in there.
even if your kid's teacher looks at you like "one of those" parents.
stop caring about that and get.in.there.
parents think they have no control over the education system,
and let's prove it to them.
because this is so completely far from normal.
. . . .
I sincerely want to know what you think
and how you make it work for your family
(or plan to when you're an old lady like me with kids in big kid school).
talk to me.