As my kids get higher up in grades I am beginning to realize how different my education was than theirs. We live in the same school system that I grew up in but they are in a different school. I actually wish they were in the area that I went to. Then I don’t think our experiences would be much different than mine. My nephew actually goes to the same school that I went to and he has had similar experience to me. I didn’t realize how different their education experience has been until the other day when I was talking to my kids. I was on Facebook and came across a post from a friend where she dissected a dead frog that she and her kids came across in their yard. She homeschools. She is awesome at it. I love to see what her kids are learning each day. I just thought that this was really awesome. I don’t homeschool for many reasons. So when I send my kids to school I am praying that they are getting the best education possible. I started wondering if my kids had experienced dissection too. I had done it twice when I was in 7th grade I dissected a frog and when I was in 9th grade I dissected a crayfish. I still remember that experience to this day but that’s a story for another time. When I asked my daughter who is entering the 11th grade if she had done it she told me no. Then she said the strangest thing to me. She was like I have dissected a pickle though. I was shocked. I asked her what she said and she told me again she dissected a pickle. Uhm…..what the heck is she learning from dissecting a freaking pillow. A pickle doesn’t have any freaking body parts that you can learn from. You can’t see a tiny lung, heart, or anything. I mean really! What was the point of that? I literally at this point think that crap had to have been some kind of joke. If I had known about it at the time she did it I would’ve questioned it then. It is just crazy. I would have even accepted virtual frog dissection although I would’ve wished they had done a real frog but it definitely would’ve been better than dissecting a pickle. I know each area is different but can the kids at least get the same education. I mean come on! Why in the world would someone even allow a pickle to be cut? I didn’t even think I was this angry about it until now. It is really laughable to me. Are we so focused on standardized testing that we are missing out on giving kids a great educational experience? I feel like going out and find a frog just so she and my son can have the experience. Kids need to be able to get hands on with some things. There is nothing like looking through a microscope with a drop of water on it and see what is living in it. You may never want to drink tap water again but you still would have seen it or even laugh at the disgusted looks of your classmates when they hear that you are dissecting a frog the next day. Moments like these are when some kids decide they want to be doctors or veterinarians. While most of the girls in my class were disgusted I was freaking excited about it. Some of them came with the permission slips that we were sent home with where their parents said they couldn’t do it. I laughed even then. I mean at least they had the choice on whether they wanted to participate or not. Now they are just no doing it. With certain things I just feel like my kids are being robbed of what they deserve. It is just really sad. I don’t plan on pulling them out of school but I think I will be researching some ways to give them some of the experiences I think they should have.
I guess in a way kind of feel like I dropped the ball. But I know there is no way I can fix everything that is wrong with the school system but I can help them learn on their own. I can encourage them to research their interest. I can’t go back but I can move forward. But yeah it is just frustrating. I am so happy that my kids love to explore and look things up cause without it I don’t think that they would know as much as they do.
How do you feel about the school system where you live?