Being a mom involves a lot of worrying. Is he getting enough to eat? Did he poop today? (Seriously, ask any mom…) Is he hot, cold, tired, etc?
And back before you’re actually HOLDING the baby, when you’re just PLANNING to have children, you worry about finances, college funds…
Now I’m starting to worry about SCHOOL. For my (almost) 5 MONTH old.
I’m not talking about preschool. We are very happy with the daycare facility he’s currently attending, and they do have a preschool curriculum, so provided we don’t move (which we are considering…more on that in a later post), he will stay there until he starts kindergarten.
And that’s where this new worry comes in.
I always assumed I would send my kids to good old public school. My siblings and I went to public school, my mother was a teacher, and is now a librarian in a public school system. But public school (at least around here) isn’t what it used to be.
All they do is teach these kids to memorize useless facts and fill in bubbles on scantrons. They’ve cut funding for P.E., Art, and Music. Elementary schools only have 30 mins of recess a day, and they’re telling the parents to put their kids on ADHD medication because the kids can’t sit still in class. I heard this firsthand from a co-worker who was told her 6 YEAR OLD needs medication. HE’S SIX! OF COURSE HE CAN’T SIT AT A DESK FOR 6 HOURS A DAY! HE NEEDS TO HAVE TIME TO PLAY OUTSIDE AND HAVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY THREE DAYS!!!! (For the record, of the 17 kids in his class, 7 of them are already on medication…but that is also a rant for another time.)
So I started talking to my SIL about the PRIVATE SCHOOL my oldest niece (who is 4 and in Pre-K) started attending this year.
I’ll admit, when I heard that my BIL and SIL were going to send their kids to private school (they have 3 currently, and will possibly have more), DH and I had a good laugh. “Private school?! It’s like paying for college twice!! What’s wrong with public school?!”
But the more I think about it, the more concerned I get.
My kids are going to be smarter than your average bear, no doubt about it. My DH is a freakin’ genius. (No lie. Graduated from college with a double major and a 4.0…) I’m not too shabby in the smartz dept, either. Though I’m less academically smart, I can play music and have some pretty bad ass paint skills. I also taught myself to read at age 3. So there. lol
ANYWAY – my special snowflakes are going to be BORED OUT OF THEIR MINDS in public school.
But private school is expensive. And usually religion based, which my DH is not thrilled about, because he doesn’t want any specific religion crammed down our kids throats. I don’t think have the patience to be a homeschooling mom. (Plus, once they get past elementary curriculum, I won’t be able to help them. Unless they want to play an instrument or learn basic Spanish…)
So, for now, I’ll just add it to my list of worries…and cross my fingers that we win the lottery soon.