I think we as parents need to step up and take a little more responsibility for our kids’ education. We need to prepare them for school (ABC’s, numbers, coloring, etc.) instead of putting them in school when they are still babies. Our teachers are overworked and underpaid, yet we expect them to take all the responsibility for our kids’ entire education, so when they don’t live up to our expectations we can set around and judge what they are doing wrong instead of stepping up and doing what is our jobs to begin with. We wonder why we can’t keep quality teachers.
If we build this new pre-k and kindergarten building, I would like to know how we will pay the bills (electric, gas, etc.)? After all, I remember a time when lights were being turned off and heaters turned down because the electric bill was too high. Our kids being told to bring a blanket if they were cold - what will they do in a building two or three times bigger? Is there a certain time or temperature when air conditioners are turned on? The kids in middle school the last couple of hot days are coming out red-faced and sweating, complaining it’s like an oven in there - try learning in that environment.
If we were able to get the kindergarten classes back into our neighborhood schools maybe it would give our fourth graders and opportunity to buddy with the kindergarten class - helping them out, showing them how things go, reading to them, etc. - giving our fourth graders a sense of pride and accomplishment before sending them to middle school where they are at the bottom of the totem pole again.
I have to let you know not all these ideas are mine – a lot of them came from some concerned and involved parents. These are some of the ideas that at least we could discuss before we jump into something we can’t get out of.
Thank you for your time.