If you have a child who enjoys school, count your blessings.
I don’t. I have a child who cries almost every night. He cries while we are working on his homework; it is too hard and too much for him. He cries before bedtime; he doesn’t want to go to school because he feels unable to meet the demands of his daily schedule. He begs me to home-school him, so he can learn at his own pace.
As a teacher my son’s hatred of school breaks my heart. Just to be clear, it is the idea of school he hates. What does that mean to him? Let’s see: He loves his teachers. He loves his friends. What he hates is learning the school’s way: “I feel stupid everyday” he tells me.
For a year now I have been seriously considering homeschooling Ian; because of the current educational situation, homeschooling might be my only option. However, this limits my options as a teacher. I will have to give up the profession I love in order to teach my son. Ian is definitely worth it.
But I won’t give up on public education without a fight.
I’m getting ahead of myself; I’ll write more on that in a later post.
For now, I want to share a Washington Post article from a New York State principal Carol Burris. What she states at the end of her post is true: “New York, sadly, has been a canary in the Common Core coal mine, and if we do not heed the danger a generation of students will be lost.” New York is experiencing the educational reforms before the rest of us; so what they are experiencing now, the rest of us will or already are experiencing.
Take the time to look at the links provided, especially the 1st grade test she shares. Also, for those of you who are unaware of exactly where your tax money is going, pay attention to information about the company who makes the tests as well as the practice tests. There is a lot of money to be made in education, and Pearson, as well as other companies like them, has hit the jackpot.
What we allow is what will continue. I will not allow this to continue for my son any longer. How about you?