Posted By Kathleen David on June 22, 2012
And I have been reflecting back on the year and what she has learned and what I have learned.
It is amazing how, when I was a kid, time in school seemed to stretch into eternity especially at the end of the year but as a parent I blink and we are here.
I am glad that math is going back to learning and rote memory. New math was fuzzy math to me. There were a few clever tricks but nothing beats going over one’s times tables over and over.
I don’t know if my child is going to have a signature. They are no longer teaching cursive to children in the New York schools. Caroline’s teacher made a serious effort to get the kids to learn script so they can at least read it. I am going to have to teach her that myself. Why aren’t they teaching penmanship? Well it boils down to “the test” which most of the year is taken up with and computers because fewer people write in script.
I am not happy with the pressure put on the teachers to get their students to perform well to “the test”. All we are teaching our kids is how to take tests well. Where is the knowledge that is going to spark the next great Invention? We use to be first on the planet for innovation and creative thinkers. Don’t think we are there any more.
I am very appreciative of Caroline’s teacher this year who encouraged her creativity and thinking outside the box. I also appreciate that her other teachers didn’t try to steam the tide of creativity that is Caroline. Caroline is a good abstract thinker and I think that will serve her well in the future.
I appreciate that her teacher worked with her on her test anxiety issues. Caroline does better with a goal and doing it in her own time. This year she had to learn to work within the clock parameters and for a while this was driving her nuts. But her teacher worked with her and the rest of the class on time management and relaxation techniques during test taking.
I appreciate all the other staff and teachers who kept an eye on her and the other kids while at school. She knows I get updates about her from various people I know there. I also get amusing tales o’ Caroline from them which make me smile. She seems to be a good influence on the people around her.
I am grateful to everyone who helped Caroline this year become the young lady she is growing into.