i understand that there are awesome ways for communities to pull together for struggling families, thats the best way, of course, i am just trying to show things from another angle...if people on the top half of society, which is the "norm" among families that can afford private schools, aren't willing to look out for the other 1/2, especially the ones a the bottom, then how can we truly make the world a more peacefull loving place? is it our responsability, or if we just seperate our kids from them enough and shelter them from everything that is not perfect, will those other ones just dissapear? or can we at least rest assured that our children will be different than them.
i think in the end we all want the same thing for our children...caring, understanding, peaceful citizens that can help others, love and see good in others while at the same time being thier true imaginative creative selves, free from the hurtful images of themselves and others brought on by the influence of media.
i guess i am just saying that i think that this should be avalible for all little kids, not just mine... obviouslly i can't save every child, but the ones that cross my path deserve what i can offer. i just try to constantly make sure i am really doing all i can.
here is something i have witnessed at the free school i work at... one day i was watching some of the preschoolers playing in the corner together. my daughter, along with 3 other kids were sitting at a toy picnic table. there is a large supply of wooden blocks and peices of random materiel, (not silk, just scraps) avalable to the kids, all aquired over the years for *free*. the kids had spread a lage peice of fabric over the table and were laying out various shaped wooden blocks on top. they were fully imersed in a grand feast. my immediate thought was, "i sure wish we could afford some of those really cool wooden waldorf toys, they would love them!" but then as i watched i realized something. (the wooden fake food and kitchens are very cool, even if expensive, BTW) i realized that to these kids, it didn't matter at all. there imaginations were ultimitly engaged. it was beautiful to watch the power of imagination at work. then i started to see other examples. there is a large wooden junge gym in the "big room" (also the preschool) of our school. the older kids come in and out of this space throughout the day often stopping to play with the little kids along the way, much to the delight of the preschoolers. over the spring semester this year it became a really fun activity for all to tie up old sheet/peices of fabric like hammoks all over the wooden structure. the big kids were petitioned to tie the fabric and all the kids, 2yrs-8th grade, enjoy the intricate web of swings and hiding spots. all this for free!
maybe kids use even more imagination when they have to.. it can be beautiful.
i'm not saying everone else shuold do it the way we do, but i have to argue that each school uses it's resources the way they choose, i am only trying to portray another way.