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Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. I love seeing their little faces as they wake up from the much-needed sleep that we told them they needed at 8:30 the night before (whether they needed it or not…oh, the perks of being a parent). I just love seeing those faces on weekdays, and then stuffing them with breakfast, throwing their clothes on and sending them out the door to school. You know, school? That magical place that takes your kids for the day, so you can get all of your own stuff done, or go to work, if you are so inclined to do. Yea, that place.
Around here, school is just a suggestion. Really. I mean, we don’t go 9 days without a 1/2 day or day off for some persons birthday, or anniversary or day to work on stuff in the classrooms where the kids should be. God forbid they attend an entire week without interruption. I mean, is that just crazy talk or what?
I remember in the days of my youth…years and YEARS ago, we went to school. Everyday. We only got out of school on established national vacation days. Like Christmas. Spring break. Maybe a Presidents birthday. Maybe. Heck, if we didn’t fulfill our weekly duties, we had to go on Saturdays sometimes. If there was the potential threat of a disaster, or alien invasion even, guess what? We stayed at school. And we hid under our desks. I mean, whats a safer place? None of this “oh look, the wind changed…lets take a day off.” or “Hey, the endangered squirrel of Oregon is in its mating season, lets take a day off…”. Nonsense.
And, we as parents, wonder why our children struggle. We wonder why they are not as educated as they could be. We wonder why they turn out to be so lazy. We are amazed when we give them a task and half way through it, they want to stop. It’s because they are not used to working for long periods of time without a hiatus.
Oh, it’s not just the children. Our educators have fallen into this trap, too. If they had a real job, they would have to go to work for 5 WHOLE DAYS IN A ROW. For the full 10 hours. That is just insane I tell you. Insane.
Well, wake up and smell the chalk dust America. Its time we get back into the mode of teach teach teach. Learn learn learn. None of this skim the syllabus stuff. Have actual lesson plans. Teach about actual truthful history. World history. Including the bad stuff. Not just what you think they need to know about. They need to know about all of it. Hitler was real. What he did was real and it affected millions of lives. Che, was real. He was not good. He is not just a figure on a T-shirt. He is not a status symbol. He was a madman. He was a murderer. He is not to be revered. Mao was not a great philosopher. He was a wackjob. The list goes on and on. And do our youth know any of this? No. They know the long and ridiculous way to get to X from Y. They know that being a bully is bad, but if they stand up for themselves from a bully, they are just as bad. They know its ok to preach religion from the front of a T-shirt, or by the clothes you wear but to love God, or Jesus Christ openly, will get them removed from school. These are the things of nightmares, and its being shoved down our kids throats on a daily basis.
I could go on and on, but this was just a blog to complain about the fact that I had to take a day out of my schedule and be home with my kids, who I love, but who need to be in school and again, they are not.
I love teachers. They have, ok, had an admirable job. And frankly, its not their faults. They are just doing the job that was given to them following the protocol that was provided. So maybe, it’s the system in a whole that should change?
Don’t shoot the messenger.