Monday, August 24, 2009

Just Get Back to School

I'm more than tired of the back to school stories on the news already. It's not the "how to make the most of the end of summer stories" that I find annoying. It's the "we're having a back to school rally to get families excited about going back to school" stories that grate on my nerves.

Since when do we have to rally families to convince them it's a good thing to send their children to school? Since when do we need parades and fun fests to talk to families about why school is important? Since when do we need school officials to go door to door to remind families school is starting and to encourage parents to send their children?

Really, it's enough. What do these families think their children are going to do without an education? What good comes from letting your children skip school? We spend a lot of time reading articles and listening to radio reports about the importance of going to school about this time of the year. Lately, it just aggravates me.

When we were younger, going to school was not optional. You showed up every day unless you were sick. You had your homework done. You did not cause trouble in class. It was your main responsibility. You had no choice.

We carry the same philosophy with the girls. It's not an optional activity to fill time between bad daytime TV shows. If they want to be self-supporting adults some day, they need an education. It's not up for discussion.

How does that thought process work? Some adult sits around saying, "I don't think we're going to send the kids to school this year. They can just hang out on the front porch." How does that sound like a good idea?

I think the schools should say, "Okay, here's the deal. If you're kid isn't in school, it's not our problem. We're going to stop spending so much money trying to convince you it's a good idea to send your children to school. We're going to take that money and spend it to improve the educations of the children who show up and want to be here."

Okay, I realize that is unrealistic, but it's my imaginary scenario, so I'm going with it.


dcr said...

i love reading your posts! hope the girls have great fun at school.

Nicki said...

I've heard those commercials too... usually from the Chicago Public School District, right?... basically begging parents to send their kids to school. I think a lot of it is a matter of, in certain populations, people are so busy trying to survive day-to-day, or they are struggling with addictions and stuff, that they may not even notice that summer has ended and the kids have to be in school. Or they are too busy and preoccupied to go through the registration process, and just keep procrastinating, It does sound so weird though... Wouldn't you look at your kids and be like, "Hmm, aren't you supposed to be somewhere?" I mean, homeschooling and unschooling your kids is all good, but you can't just let them skip it completely!!!