Last week, while I stared longingly at a glass of wine fully knowing I would be behind the wheel of a car in the next five minutes my aunt sprung a school question on me, asking if we were going to enroll my son in a local private school for preschool.
I’m still not quite ready to answer that question the smartest way, even though I feel like an overachiever and he will be attending a small preschool twice a week in the fall- complete with sweet little ladies and crafts with glue. he’s really into glue right now.
Wonder Boy turns three in October and I wasn’t quite ready for the hassle preschool- and for that matter the next 16 years of schooling- can be.
Wonder Boy, I am not ashamed to brag, is a smart kid. And all of our choices so far in his not-even-three years of life have been with a public school education in mind. In California, the public school system is struggling, and with that brings even greater stress as my son gets closer to kindergarten age.
It seems teachers are always getting the raw end of the deal- a majority of the daylight hours means a majority of the education being passed on- including ethics, morality, discipline and nutrition along with reading, writing and math.
It’s such a big responsibility to be a teacher- how many of us remember that one teacher we loved most?
How frustrating it must be to be a teacher right now- working mostly toward testing goals instead of simple, pure educational and fulfilling goals? How many items do they have to check off of a list daily?
I’m already wondering what kind of classroom experience my son will have- yes, in my current conversations, my son’s future teachers are already a topic of discussion.
Beyond the fact that Wonder Boy has had peers in preschool for a year already, there is talk of redshirting and charter and private schools and… wow. There’s a lot to absorb.
Social events seem to have already moved on from potty training talk (which we’ve hardly started, don’t tell his preschool teacher) to preschool choices and kindergarten readiness.
Um, does PBS count?
I always knew I’d be involved with his education but I didn’t think it would start this early. I knew I’d be offering educational options at home, trips to places beyond school, and trying to push just a little more world view into his life.
I understand how much an adult’s role plays in a child’s education, and how much not only a parent’s support means to a student but also a teacher’s role means.
Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia is a guide to how the Success Academy schools have worked and succeeded, giving advice for how to keep students and teachers learning and growing.
One of the first ideas they talk about is how ‘it’s all about the adults’ and continues from there, showing their path to sucessful ‘scholars’ in their New York Success Academy Charter Schools.
I love that idea- take care of the adults and the children will follow.
It reminds me of our decision to always use normal language around my son- he understands a lot more than we think he does because he’s heard the words used so many times.
Kids need a strong lead to follow, right?
This is the kind of thoughts going through my head every time I see education cuts looking in our state’s budget.
If you’re like me, and am pondering my child’s education (or considering changing it) this is a read for you.
I have a copy of Mission Possible to give away!
To enter, just leave a comment on this post with a concern about the quality of your child’s (or future child, or anyone’s) education.
Entriers end August 9th, and I will announce the winner on August 10th, 2012, chosen randomly.
I was compensated and given a copy of the book to review and a copy to give away. All opinions are my own.