Unschooling (or Deschooling) Begins!

Halloween was so much fun, as always. Kaden got very much into role playing with his costume--as you can see!
Horray! We are officially de-schooling now :)

Mind you, the proper forms have not been returned to us granting 'permission' for us to make our own educational choices in this matter, BUT I did at least send in the forms last week. I just couldn't stand to send my son Kaden into the school one more day. I can't imagine how degrading it would feel to not be allowed to speak during lunch and snack time while eating at your desk in the class....silently...when you are a SIX YEAR OLD BOY! A couple of weeks ago, Kaden has his lemon cookie taken away for stating during snack "I have a lemon cookie!" What is the benefit to taking away children's food for talking? They certainly aren't going to be able to concentrate on eating...when they have. no. food.! Sometimes I wonder about the thought processes behind some of these decisions....

Teacher: "The student's don't have enough time to eat their lunch!"

Board: "Well, then, do not allow them to speak!"

Teacher: "How should I manage them if they speak during lunch and snack?"

Board: "If they talk, take their food away! That will teach them to eat!"

See the fallacy in this thought process? Anyway that's only the beginning. The little ones, including my active grade oner (is that a word?) are not allowed to play on the play equipment during outdoor lunch recess....Why? Because there are big scary kids on there! They must not interact! In fact, there is a large yellow line separating the big scary kids (10, 11, and 12 year olds--Oh my! 10, 11, and 12 year olds--Oh my!...sorry a little to Oz?!) from the younger ones. This means no field, basketball court or playground for the smaller kids. Wow, way to conquer childhood obesity with your every three day gym period and banishment from the play structure! Such forward thinking!

Ok, well enough sarcasm. Today my son has a "sore throat" and we are "worried about swine flu" so he's staying home. Okay, so I had to teach Kaden about little white lies today while calling the school to say he wasn't coming in! Hey, he learned something! I just don't want to deal with anymore calls from his teacher complaining that "this has never happened to me before! This is a great school! What about socialization? What is your rationale? Why can't you do enrichment on your own time?" Well because I want it to be all our time. No more boring worksheet, which are the same day after day.

Today, Kaden will watch way to much Magic School Bus and then we'll read some Narnia (Magician's Nephew) and paint some of his Knight figurines and then make dinner together and Kaden will learn so much more than how to "sit and listen and memorize this".


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