We just had our meeting and in general Vivien is doing very well in school.
As the hardworking teacher showed us the work and what they are learning I kept thinking, “I didn’t do any work like this in 3rd grade… or ever.” Granted I had kind of a Bo-Ho education. Not all kids get to opt to watch a Bette Davis double feature instead of learning long division. But, 1) the work does seem harder now and 2) it’s just different. The terms are different, the nomenclature of their work is so unknown to me so that if they didn’t include “notes to parents” in some of her work books I’d be unable to help her.
I think of the kids in her class whose parents don’t speak English and I wonder , “How can those kids succeed?” So much homework, new terms, plop on a different language you are sunk.
My only question at the conference? When will they get more free play? Answer: they won’t.
Here is another burst of educational insight I had when Rex was younger and I still had my fab camera man Chung Ming shooting my vids ( I just recently got to work with him. Love that guy)
My other insight is bring your kid’s teacher a sandwich. I did and she was happy.