February 02, 2007

Parents' Day

So yesterday was a snow day, if by "snow day" you mean "2 1/2 hours of fluffy white flakes that didn't stick to the roads followed by a little sleet and then a lot of regular rain so that if you had an umbrella you could essentially just go shopping at the mall by noon." Still, it's the most winter we've had all year, and The Boy and I managed a 30 minute snowball fight, so he's satisfied that Winter has been Properly Experienced for the 2006-07 season.

After missing a day of work, I went in today for a mere half-day, because at 2 p.m. The Boy's Kindergarten teacher was having her monthly Parents' Day, to which parents are invited to come see how their children are being taught. Hublet and I usually trade off on these so that we both get an opportunity to bask in the glow of Kindergarten on a regular basis.

Having attended several parents' days by now, and having 2 or 3 classroom parties under my belt, I have come to several conclusions about Kindergarten:

1. The teachers are grossly underpaid. Sure, Hublet's high school has random murders, deliberate infanticide, 18 year-old drug dealers who keep failing but won't drop out because their entire customer base is at the high school and all-around bad karma, but really that pales in comparison to one brave woman's attempts to corral 21 5-year-olds who are either a) attempting to "show off" for mom or dad, or b) traumatized and sobbing on prostrate on the floor because their mom or dad couldn't attend today's parent day.

2. Teachers should be allowed to force parents of continually disruptive students to attend Kindergarten and corral said kids until said kids shape up. And also? If your kid is 7 years old and still in Kindergarten, I'm thinking you might want to look at some professional interventions. Just a suggestion. A suggestion that the parents of the OTHER 20 TERRIFIED STUDENTS will thank you for taking, by the way.

3. Recess should last an hour. At least. And none of this namby-pamby "OK children, let us now engage in our required 30 minute interval of teacher led cardio-vascular activities"--oh, hell no. Speaking as someone who was clotheslined and practically knocked unconscious during a game of "red rover" in the 5th grade, I am still all for kickball, dodge ball, and gigantic solid steel monkey bars structures covered with running, screaming harridans. I'll bet it would eliminate a lot of the need for #2.

All in all, The Boy is enjoying Kindergarten and doing well, and since a positive experience with his first year of school is all I really wanted him to get out of this year, we're ahead of the game.

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Posted by: Sten73838 at February 5, 2007 05:51 AM

Columbus's Sullivant School fielded a baseball team that nobody dared to play, owing to encountering fractions and long division in the 4th grade. People got stuck there for years. Several of their baseball players had moustaches.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at February 5, 2007 12:48 PM
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