Originally Posted by mamaUK
I do! And K is fine, I think the values we have at home (waldorf inspired) are so strong for her that they help to balance out any negatives a public school might have. Also, don't forget, there are positives to public (state in the UK) schools too! But, I worried myself about this for two years and have eventually accepted it and am happy how it is panning out.
I forgot you do!
We did a walk through of the school today and while M loved it, I left there going "omg, why are we here?"
We walked to the kindy wing ( I do like that they have a whole side just dedicated to kindy with their own playground and bathrooms and things) and one class was out to play with a teacher who was a sub. The sub looked annoyed that we were walking through and she just looked annoyed in general. She has the kids line up and well you know 5 year olds, most of them can't stand still long enough to fall asleep! There are lots of ants in the pants going on. Well she screams at the kids "I TOLD YOU TO GET IN LINE NOW SHUT UP AND GET IN LINE". The assistant principal, myself, my husband and our daughter just froze in place. The look on the asst. principals face was nearly priceless. She was like that is not status quo for our school. We do not tolerate that. And before I could think I said really loud and I know the sub heard me "yeah, that better not be, because I will pull my child out and report the school if I ever saw that happening again"
The whole rest of the walk through was alright, but I couldn't stop thinking about it. It made me overly critical of the school and I just wanted to take my child home and never come back. We came in right as one class was in rest period and I dunno, it just looked so chaotic. They were supposed to be resting, but one kid was laying on the floor, with no mat, another one was running around the darkened classroom, a few others were around the teacher. That is fine, but what really bugged me was that they must have done a project that involved cutting just before because they hadn't cleaned it up at all. There was paper clippings all over the floor, the desks were cluttered. I dunno. M's pre-k classroom was cluttered with things but that is because they had a lot in a small place, but everything had a place. This was just chaotic. I am thinking about asking if I can volunteer in the classroom so I can clean it up.
You can just tell that it is a poor funded school. I mean they have some high tech things, but you can tell that it's not put where it should be. This school has a high population of state assisted kids. Lots of kids in foster care, lots of kids getting the free lunch, lots of low income kids. And while that is wonderful and I am glad that M will be exposed to kids from all backgrounds and shapes and sizes and colours and all that, the school shows that. Get what I mean? They have low FCAT scores (our statewide standardized testing)and that really effects their funding. It's just sad.
But I am trying to go in with an open mind. I really am trying. M is excited, and this is about her and not me.
I just realized how much I am going to miss my baby being home with me.