Thursday, September 16, 2010

Back to School Night

Always funny to see adults in kindergartner chairs.

Always funny to see the intensity that the kindergartner parents give to the weighty matters of what their child will be taught. The kindergarten instruction is about meeting state & district standards, enriching your child, and enhancing growth through RTI - "Response to Instruction". The teacher presentation used big, psychologically enhanced words to comfort the parents about the strength of the program and how their kindergartner will strive and be prepared for the next grade level (with this implied: prepared for the college of your choice).

College orientation was about meeting collegiate standards, enriching your young adult, and enhancing growth through a demonstration of mastery. The administrators use big, psychologically enhanced words to comfort the parents about the strength of the program and how their college freshman will be prepared for the working world.

Third grade was about making friends, cursive and multiplication tables.

The same parents that argue with the teachers about kindergarten development are the same ones that won't help their children with homework in third. They are the same that buy Baby Einstein music in utero but won't play Miles Davis or Vivaldi when the kid is 10.

Kindergarten is about coloring and making friends. Third grade is about critical thinking and good handwriting. College is about making contacts so you can have a job later.

Lighten up.

1 comment:

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

Interesting perspective on Back to School Night. Those are the best psychologically enhanced words of all: lighten up. Just be right where you are and simply enjoy it all you can right now. Not that goals aren't good, too, but they aren't the sum of life. Laughing with your family, dancing to Vivaldi, painting your nails or creating amazing Halloween costumes are the things that the heart treasures long after this moment passes.