Originally Posted by Storm Bride
3) I don't understand why people don't think kids can learn, if their parents are the only ones teaching them. DS1's teachers have almost all commented, at some point, on how good a grounding he had in his basic skills (for kindergarten entry, etc.) or that they can tell how much support his education gets from us at home. When we see school academic rankings, the point is frequently made that wealthier parents are more likely to get their child extra tutouring, and more likely to have time to help with homework, etc. etc. It's an accepted tenet of education that the home support a student receives is a key component in that student's success...and, yet...the idea that a parent can actually teach/guide their own child is completely dismissed. Not logical, imo.
5) More on children's ages. I find it kind of disturbing that so many older kids (preteens/teens) treat small children as if they're aliens. A lifeguard at dd and ds2's swimming lessons commented that a lot of the instructors (mostly late teens/early 20s) are "really great kids, but they don't even know what a 3 year old looks like, yk?". It bothers me that we, as a society, seem to find that...normal...
6) Little things. DS1 had a school nurse come in and teach his class how to wash their hands when he was in about 2nd grade. It always astonishes me that nobody finds it odd to have a complete stranger come into a classroom to teach my child how to do this kind of thing.
I could probably come up with another dozen with a bit of thought...
: I never noticed it when I was little but now I am totally annoyed about how "normal" it is to have age segregation and how teens are completely clueless when it comes to little kids. I dont think its neccassarily natural for older kids to just know all about it but it saddens me that its not a cultural norm for teens to be involved and educated and included with kids and adults of all ages.
I've visited school where they proudly touted that they had special ethics teachers that teach the children ethics and morals on a regular basis. While I think in a good school no subject should be taboo I was totally creeped out about it. It made me feel like I would have to do homework ust to keep up with my kid
However I think it depends on where you live. unfortunately there are many many many children who are just plain not taught how to wash their hands or brush their teeth or fold laundry. this is one of those areas where I think its not the school pushing their own agenda but attempting to fill an all to large hole.
I remember last summer looking foward to the start of school so there would be room and less chaos at all those crowded parks.
but I do like summer traffic a whole lot better, no more scedualling my stuff to avoid all those busses!