Monday, July 23, 2012

Back to School

New town.

Does anyone feel like school keeps starting earlier and earlier?!
Where we are now there are three school options: public, private, and charter.
The public schools start on the 20th of August.
Depending on the school, the rest start on the 13th or even the 8th...or was it the 9th?

Either way...holy moley!!
Give me a break. I don't think I like it. I'm sure there are reasons... but I think they cater to administration and--like someone else suggested--standardized testing.

I guess I'll be off school shopping soon. :P
Wish I knew what schools my kids would be going to...
:( transitions suck!

4 comments:

  1. Some regions seem to start a lot earlier than others, but also tend to finish earlier, too. Here, schools usually resume last week of August, then break right away for Labor Day -- but then school does nto let out until June. Personally, I feel summer vacation lasts far too long in this country, and am not surprised some districts have gone to year-round classes--keeps the kids busy and off the streets, and there is no summer "brain drain".

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    1. That's true about getting out earlier. And I guess, I'm old school because I'd rather have school last into June.

      As far as "brain drain", I don't believe in it. The theory implies that, somehow, our kids get stupid over the summer, which isn't really true. There are too many geniuses throughout history that were raised in this very country and withstood the supposedly brain-draining summer months to suddenly feel that kids are lacking. If kids are lacking, it's the environment around them that has changed.

      Parents, keep your kids busy. Make em do chores, give them projects, take them to the library, the state parks... otherwise, we have book smart stupid kids who have no idea what this country has to offer. They have no loyalty to it. No love of it. Summer is for all of that.

      It actually makes me sad to watch the PBS specials, for example, the National Parks Series. You see in the 20s and 30s and even earlier in the 19th century, that's what people did. They discovered America.

      Nowadays, summer break is filled with working parents, kids in day care, kids watching videos and playing video games... and the worry that their brains are going to drain.

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  2. I know what you mean. I was used to starting school after Labor Day. My current spot? The kids start mid-August. Somehow I don't seem to mind that. :)

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  3. Praying for your transition! video chat soon? Love ya!

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