"I worry that these kids who get pushed so much to perform well on tests are learning that they are only worth the test scores that they can bring to the school. The school does not value them for who they are, only what they can do for the school's numbers."yes!
this is how i feel the school pictures our kids. the school was #1 in the state for FCAT writes, the principal was on the front page of all the local papers, and the teachers were quoted as saying, "we only had to encourage the students to do their best, and the best is what they gave. we really supported them and made them feel good about themselves". BARF!
lol you totally read my mind with these words here! ty!
dar: yes, i get you. i think i am ashamed to admit that i really dig the us'ing way of life. not sure why...i think i'm scared that my irl friends and family will really think i've gone over the edge after that. lol for me, a curiculum would be much harder b/c my fibromyalgia causes "cognitive dysfunction" aka brain fog. no way am i able to keep work organized. but i can wake up each day and do something simple, like take the kids to the library. we have a kids museum nearby thats free on thurs noons. we are on the beach. we have the space center. on my high energy days, i can do that stuff. but sitting down and doing bookwork...ha! no way, not for me, not even on a good day. on my low energy days, 10yo ds can do stuff on the computer alone, or just do nothing. i think i need to face myself and admit to myself that i really want us'ing for him and that i dont want to just do a year. i had pretty much decided already that 8th grade would be his last in ps, so whats 3 more years at home?
i think i may already be in an us'ing frame of mind. the other day, he was looking at the pic of his class in the paper and asked me how newspapers were made. i told him i didnt know, but he could go online and look for himself. i made an appt w/the local paper for a tour of their printery. we are going in 2 weeks. i wish i could have done it sooner, b4 his interest wanes, but they were really booked. so, is this us'ing mentality?
and a side pt: he related to me something that happened in school today. they read a story on the gerber family, and how they began making jarred baby food (yuck, but thats not the point lol). the kids got to ask ques of the teacher, and my darling son asked "how did a baby food company come to offer life insurance" the teacher said they didnt (shes 26, single, no kids, what does she know about jack anyway?
), so he proceeded to quote the entire "gerber growup plan" commercial, or whatever the thing is called. yk, $3 a month now turns into 10,000 at 21; 50,000 at 28...the stupid teacher told him he could only ask questions about the essay they had read.
i asked him if she offered to let him look it up online, and he said no, and she acted really mad at him the rest of the day. i really hate what school is doing to him.