August 24, 2011

Public Education... the joke

Connor wanted to try public school. I reluctantly agreed. This is what I learned in my two day experience. This will never happen again.

We are socialist and Vegans. Our veganism is based on helping equalize and take care of the world by using minimal resources. Because a Vegan diet uses 300 gallons of water compared to the 4000 gallons a meat eater diet requires we are using a lot less of this precious resource. 

We also do not support animal cruelty, neglect or the blatant abuse of the meat corporations. How often is meat recalled because it has killed someone or made people extremely ill? It's a travesty that happens on a regular basis. 

It's not about Connor having a bad day. He honestly didn't have a terrible day. However, a school couldn't fulfill something as simple as making sure he eats his own lunch. I pack a super healthy and extremely filling large lunch. We even have a note from our doctor that he is a Vegan that means no animal products or by products. What if he had an allergy to it? 

Connor came home and told me someone spit on him and someone hit him in the stomach. Those are both completely inappropriate behaviors but worst of all he came home with a large swollen bruised bump on his forehead. When I went to pick him up no one said a word about it. That is beyond inappropriate. Especially come to find out he fell in the gym. If they can't keep a close enough watch on my children or have enough concern to relate such an injury to a parent.... I have no words to express my feelings towards such people.

Not to mention all they have done is color pictures and traced their names. Connor has been able to do both of these flawlessly since he was 3. I understand they have to moderate their education system to make sure the weakest learners are not left out but Connor is brilliant. He knows about refraction, alliteration, he writes and creates magnificent stories, he knows all about volcanoes, how things are made, where things come from. He is always asking difficult questions. I don't want to stunt his growth by including him with kids who can't color in the lines. 

One of the final things adding to all of this was the attitude of parents waiting outside to pick up their children. It wasn't eager anticipation. The conversations I overheard were all about how thankful they were to not have to "deal with their children." They hated when they were home and they couldn't wait for them to start school. This isn't paraphrased these are actual words I heard coming out of parents mouths. I couldn't believe the animosity towards their own children. I do not want to be a part of a community who doesn't love their children. Or can't stand being around them. It's disgusting. 

There are several other reasons along with the ones listed above but that's it in a nutshell. If you have any questions feel free to message me privately. 

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