Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Schools In

I took my kids to school this morning. All three of them will be going this year, although my daughter doesn't have her first full day until tomorrow. I am glad that we are no longer involved in any carpool. On the other hand, this means I drive the kids to school on my way to work.

I hope my kids teachers can give them more than skills. I expect the teachers to make school a place where they enjoy going. I expect teachers to help my kids find their interests. I expect teachers to show my children that there is a huge world out there, and that every day, there is something to learn and discover. Mostly importantly, I expect teachers to challenge my kids, and push them.

I have expectations for my kids, as well. That they will be respectful and courteous and listen to what their teachers tell them. They will work hard and meet deadlines for projects.They will be helpful to other kids around them. And they always show up to class with a sharpened pencil and an open mind.


Blogger Just Shu said...

expectations are always nice

August 24, 2005 10:15 AM  
Blogger Krunk said...

You used to be one of these little guys,Air.You know what school is like.So now I ask you:ARE YOU TOTALLY NUTS?!?!?I think your expectations are a bit far out.;)

August 24, 2005 10:50 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Krunk -

I don't think it is unreasonable for parents to have high expectations of their children's teachers, or of their children.

Besides, which expectation do you question. Shouldn't a teacher make school an enjoyable experience? Shouldn't a teacher challenge students? Shouldn't a teacher open the door to the world to students?

Shouldn't kids be respectful, meet deadlines, show up prepared, and be helpful to others?

I don't think I am expecting very much out of the ordinary.

August 24, 2005 11:10 AM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

Expectations are always nice and you chose and worded yours nicely. I'd love to have all that but would settle for a school that my kids would like to get up every morning for. Once they're there, we've got one foot in the door for the rest.

August 24, 2005 11:10 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

JPT - For the amount that you are paying to educate your kids, don't you think creating an environment that they want to go to is really the very least they could do.

August 24, 2005 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

obviously youre kids dont go to a new york style yeshiva where all they will learn none of what you expect

August 24, 2005 11:29 AM  
Blogger Krunk said...

I'm not saying that your idea is messed up.That your expectations are unheard of.What I'm saying is reality though.We all know that,unfortunatly,what you spoke of just doesn't seem to happen.But of course it should happen your way.You are being totally reasonable with your expectations.Just,I'm sorry to say,its not going to happen.

August 24, 2005 11:38 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Krunk - I disagree, and Anon- What does a NY-style yeshiva education include?

My oldest, who is now in fourth grade, has had his school meet my expectations most of the time. On his side, he is respectful, careful, has his school materials, and frequently brings home Midot Tovot awards for helping others in his class.

I think his teachers make school enjoyable, and some of them have challenged him with extra work, which has helped him learn about new things and expand his current interests (I should add that he is at the top of his class, and frequently finishes his work early, allowing the teachers to give him extra asignments). There have been bad teachers, but overall I am satisifed with the education he is receiving.

I have similar expectations for my first grader's teachers, and for my first grader.

August 24, 2005 11:59 AM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Well I guess you know the school system better than I do,so I'll go with whatever you say.And kudos to your son!

August 24, 2005 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

new york style yeshiva is a school that is hardly concerned if your child can read english. They are the ones concerned with making sure your child dresses like a yeshiva bochur in pre 1A and gets into a good yeshiva gedolah (philly, scranton, lakewood)

They are not concerned with exposing your child to a worldly education - just gemorah, gemorah, gemorah.

August 24, 2005 12:10 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Then we definitely don't send our kids to a NY-style yeshiva.

They are in a yeshiva day school outside of Detroit.

August 24, 2005 12:16 PM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

Air: I totally agree. I think if the kids love school and the parents actually feel that they love what the kids are getting, we'd hear less griping about the cost.

August 24, 2005 1:11 PM  
Anonymous redshev03 said...

ive hated school since pre-1A, and i always hear that every school is the same as mine (which sucks) so ive decided that all schools suck and u only have 2 live thru them for 12 years of your life, and if theyre the suckiest 12 years, oh well...

August 24, 2005 1:19 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Redshev,the point is to make school,well at least high school,the coolest years of your life.It takes a talent and an interesting sense of humor,but it's possible.

August 24, 2005 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep air.
i can tell you want your kids to be

do you have equally high expectations for yourself, currently?

August 25, 2005 6:24 AM  
Blogger rockofgalilee said...

My oldest just finished 1st grade, and I have to say she enjoyed it very much and is excited about starting second grade. My 2nd loved gan and is very excited about 1st grade. Number 3 is a boy and he also had a great time in gan last year.

A lot of the respect and courtesy side comes from the home. We had to teach some of our children that we don't accept Israeli-like behavior in our house. (such as ignoring what the parents say and walking away while they are talking)

August 25, 2005 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice site!

August 21, 2006 3:00 AM  

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