This weekend, we went to DC to attend the SOS Rally, Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action . Great speakers –
all of Andrew’s education heroes but I’ll let him chat about that if he wishes to do so. It was enlightening for me – I was excited and inspired and a little saddened and a lot sunburnt (ouch!) and have been since spending serious time thinking about school environments, what this generation of children might need vs. what they might be getting, and how that will influence us as soon to be parents of a school age child.
We are residents of NYC, Central Harlem is our neighborhood and we love it. School districting in this city is confusing at best and trying to learn about it is turning out to be quite an undertaking. Just like most places, the public schools fall within a wide spectrum – from amazing, progressive, and innovative to what appears (admittedly from our currently outsider perspective) to be depressing places driven by testing and unimaginative curriculums. I am sure everyone reading this* is thinking – ah, yes, of course, haven’t you been paying attention?!? – and I guess that I haven’t really been paying attention because I haven’t really
been impacted in an every day way. Up until now, it has simply sort of been abstractly upsetting to me that there is
a generation of children growing up mostly in learning environments that tend to squash intellectual curiosity and don’t celebrate a variety of talents/interests/gifts and don’t embrace the mosaic of human-ness.
I want our little fosterwee to go to a school that is challenging and exciting, not an anxiety inducing testing machine. A place where teachers are appreciated and feel appreciated and privileged to do what they do. A place where parents and students
get to know one another and form a true and committed community. Oh, and it would be nice if it were a place where they update the website regularly so that I can get good information and don’t have to read about the open house from 2009.
So, we’re seeking, researching, investigating the educational options for fosterwee to be. We’ll keep you posted.
*Is anyone reading this, by the way???