I have so many friends that are teachers. I myself even taught a year in the public school system, almost by accident… and it boggles my mind at the amount of information they have to juggle.
My opinion on unions’ aside… I have to say… the focus is less on preparing children for reality of the society that we live in and more about the benchmarks set upon the school system by this society.
I have to wonder how many of those teachers go home and crack open a box of wine and just scream in frustration.
The box is a challenge. The box being today’s education. If it were clothing… it would be one size fits most… which only fits some.
I can say this as a mom who has sat down and poured over curriculum recently. I spent three weeks this past year working with a college counselor making sure that one of my kids would be challenged and get the education that SHE wanted while also meeting the requirements of graduations and college acceptance.
Nothing against public education at all… I have one kiddo that is flourishing in that environment as I type this. However one of them was ready to move on… she was banging her head against the gate, ready to tackle bigger and better things. So, I started my research. And it’s out there. Options.
That’s the big question isn’t it… is education a right or a privilege? You have to make that call yourself. I have met parents that are amazing people but don’t blink an eye when their kid brings home failing grades.
I know people so absorbed with trying to keep their heads’ above the financial water line that they are doing good to remember to ask their kids about their grades. I have also met people who homeschool their children. What separates these people? I literally have no idea.
Seriously, I can’t put my finger on why these people are all so different. Sometimes it is their choices that separate them. Sometimes it’s their earning capability or their sacrifices… but it’s not something that I can point to and say… that’s it… right there.
After a year in the classroom at the high school level, I learned several things… inclusion is a big thing. I had students in the same classroom doing the same work ranging from a level of a third grade reader to a kid who could easily do grad work… all in one room.
As a teacher, I was expected to modify the work so that everyone could learn it. It was a tall order.
Whenever I was in school, a long time ago… the kids with special needs had their own classes. I remember watching some of them leave when it was English or Math time… cause they were so far advanced.
Gifted and Talented classes were available to make sure that they met the needs of those kids… and the same for the students that were slower to development or learn. Their individual needs were considered and classes were available for them. Now… they are all in the same class in some areas.
I had such a hard time trying to be the teacher that everyone needed in that one class. It was a huge reason I chose not to return to the classroom.
I didn’t feel like I was what those kiddos needed… and as such, I didn’t seek my teaching certificate… I stepped aside so that someone else could do that job and bring those kids a better option.
So when my own kid came to me and wanted something different… I listened. I took her out of the box… the box that is today’s education…. And we built something that was shaped just for her. It wasn’t easy. It took a few months to really get into a rhythm but once we did it… it was a rocket ship. She began to take the reins to her own education… and a year later, I’m watching her soar.
That said, I also have one who is rocking the box. It just goes to show that the mold fits some but not all.
Kalynn Brazeal is a conservative, Christian wife/mom/country girl carrying around an MBA, several decades of business experience and a strong opinion. Dividing her time between Grand Lake and North Dakota, she continues to share her column on life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and cake. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.