Yesterday I stayed with my younger grandchildren while my daughter and son-in-law took my oldest grandson to school for his first day of kindergarten. It was a poignant moment. For several minutes I was inundated with memories of taking my own sweet children (6 of them, and I cried every time ) to their first day of school, knowing as I did, that they would return to me fundamentally different. Gone would be the child I raised from an infant, replaced with someone whose attention and respect I had to compete for. I was no longer the person in their life who had the answers, I was “just the mom”. I didn’t have an eduction degree or years of classroom experience. I couldn’t possibly know how to properly teach my child what he or she needed to know. After all I’d managed to raise someone who was kind to others, respectful, honest (mostly) and empathetic. But it was time for me to step aside and let the professionals take over.
Over the years my children have had many fine teachers. People with integrity, intelligence and common sense. They have also had horrible teachers, incompetent, emotional and uninterested. But more than teachers, they have had with one glaring exception unbelievably inept administrators. In times past those administrators had to put in their time as teachers or school professionals. The one example of a good administrator was someone who’d been a teacher for 15 years before moving to administration. This gave him a real knowledge of what teacher, students and parents were actually dealing with, instead of information from a professor and teachers in a sanitized college classroom. He loved the children and they in turn loved him back.
We now have random drug testing in our schools, locked and barred doors and administrators who think they can dictate to parents what we can do with and to our children. They aren’t interested in education, they are interested in propaganda, in promoting the Alinsky playbook and in dismantling the family. After all without that support system people must rely on the government which keeps political opportunists and hacks in the business of victimization and social engineering.
I have several children who have decided eduction would be their career of choice. I must say though, if I had to do it all over again, I’d home school. I wouldn’t allow my children to fall into the hands of people who eschew morality for the path of least resistance. Individual teachers touch lives and make a difference. The educational behemoth sucks the community, state and nation dry while continuing to perform at lower and lower standards. For the amount of money we’re paying for our children’s education we should be getting a better product then this. Maybe if bad teachers could be fired that would help. It might also help if we hired teachers to teach and coaches to coach, not coaches to teach. Time for a change.
Did I cry when the took my grandbaby to school? Yes I did (and so did they).