Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thoughts on Education (sort of).

This picture of Max on his first day of preschool seems like it was taken just yesterday, but it wasn't.  In fact, I am sitting here having a mini-anxiety attack because I just thought I would be all ahead of the game and pop on over to the school district web site and do some "early" research on kindergarten registration because I've got until spring to figure this whole thing out, right? WRONG. Turns out registration is this month- this freakin' month and I just want, like, Super Nanny or Miss Lippy or someone to magically appear at my doorstep with some assessment test and tell me if my kid should start kindergarten next fall or if he still needs to work on his lower-case letters and keep gluing feathers and confetti on at least 300 more construction paper mittens (although we may approach that number at the end of this month.). 

In my gut, I know he can handle it. He is extremely smart and focused (when he hasn't just scarfed down a Hostess cup cake and washed it down with a stolen Hansen's soda when I'm not looking), but so many of the parents that I'm talking to are starting their kids (boys in particular) later. I guess mostly I just don't want him to be all gangley and awkward and wondering why Cole and Aidan have hair on their chests freshman year and he's still shopping at GAP kids. You know?

Anyways, I am totally rambling, but sometimes I just need to vent. Thanks for listening. If I haven't completely lost you by now, and you are someone who has or will have, school-age children, or just somebody with a vested interest in our future, AND you have about twenty minutes to spare and even if you don't (which, chances are if you have school-age children you will most certainly NOT), I highly recommend taking the time to watch "Creativity Expert" Ken Robinson's speech on the future of education and the need to make our education system more inclusive. Knowing what I know now about Hud, his teachers are going to need to get really creative...

Enjoy...and let me know what you think!


  1. Oh my, I couldn't relate more... we made this decision last year (and decided to let our boy have another year in preschool) but it's never an easy one.

  2. Have you met with his preschool teachers or the director to get their assessment? They might give you some direction..