I'm a teacher and I love school, but I seriously think elementary school is turning in to something ridiculous.
My son is in a preschool that is operated through our local school district. He attends four mornings a week. Some days he loves it, some days I have to bribe him with donuts to get him out of bed ...great parenting, I know.
I'm thankful for his teacher and that he has made a ton of progress this year, but I just think the powers at be have maybe forgotten that preschool is mostly about learning to like learning and learning to get along with others.
A few examples to prove my point...
- In January all of the preschool teachers started sending home reading logs for us to tally our reading minutes each month. I'm a teacher. I get that reading is important. We read all the time. There is nothing I love more than a good book. My kids will sit for almost an hour at a time and look at books. They sit and listen to chapter books. But, I don't think I need to report to the school how many minutes we read. I mean, really. Can't I be trusted to read to my child as I am supposed to/because I want to. I haven't turned in one reading log...shameful, I know. I'll do better next year.
- Then there's the report cards. That's right...report cards in preschool. I get that it is probably tied to state funding. My concern is that all the data is based on a few days of "testing". I try to keep all of this in perspective, but all those needs improvement/doesn't meet standard indicators do get to me. I want what's best for my child. I want him to do well. I see tons of progress. Too bad none of those anecdotal observations matter in this current educational age.