Back To School

Having now seen school from almost every angle (not yet a college parent), and gotten perspective from the pandemic, I have many thoughts on what I would do differently if I had the chance. 

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Having now seen school from almost every angle (not yet a college parent), and gotten perspective from the pandemic, I have many thoughts on what I would do differently if I had the chance. 

 

Lessons learned

  • Modern education has two main purposes, education and child care, which are not always aligned though we try to force them to align. Which has resulted in… 

  • Modern ed is bloated, time wise (and administration wise, but we already knew that)

  • Neglect of developmental stages

  • Tangential focus: what are we aiming for? 

 

What I would have done

  • Overall, I wouldn’t have let school dictate the schedule for the rest of our life. 

  • Preschool, or a social equal, from ~2-kindergarten. Probably something very Montessori, but free-er. Let them play. Set physical boundaries and social rules, and then let them explore.

  • Early elementary - school environment with shorter academic classes and more recess, both time and frequency. Emphasis on art, music, games, and the basics of the three R’s. 

    • In there, I would have been more vigilant about the Learning to Read > Reading to Learn transition. 

    • Socialization is big.

  • Middle school. Is avoidance possible? Alas, no. But it doesn’t need to be full on at school. 

  • High School. 

    • Similar to middle school.

    • A modular system.

    • Socialization is more important again.

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63/ Back To School

Having now seen school from almost every angle and gotten perspective from the pandemic, I have many thoughts on what I would do differently if I had the chance.