My kids have started public school after several years in the rarified world of alternative education. I’m a bit dubious about the whole thing, being a product of public schools myself (so I know just how bad they can be). Two things stood out today: First, my daughter told me that they’re not allowed to run in the school yard. I immediately thought (a) no wonder American kids are overweight; (b) no wonder they’re diagnosed so often with ADHD; and (c) kids need to run. Second, my daughter learned a song today. It’s a lovely traditional African song, and I’m enjoying listening to it. I am wondering, nevertheless, how many days (weeks?) it will be before she comes home singing a traditional American song.
UPDATE: Welcome, American Thinker readers. This is just a little tidbit that I wrote after my kids’ very first day in a public school. I anticipate blogging regularly about my (and their) experience in the public school world. In any event, to the extent my thoughts on the subject have any value, here are a few more of my posts about education (written before I joined the public school world):
Indoctrination, California style; Skin color is not a value; More on identity politics; A slight retreat to sanity in California public schools (these are all grouped around a single topic)
Feel welcome, of course, to check the whole blog out. I blog about politics, social issues, and terrorism, for the most part.