Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Boy's Adrift: School
I am definitely looking at my two boys with a new "eye" -- just trying to figure out what goes on in their little heads. It's just like a mystery to me. Sometimes a scary one. :)
Anyway, the first thing they bring up is school. How we are pressuring small children to do SO much at school. Now, I personally get my kids extremely ready for school. I try to teach them how to be ready for school, rather then hoping that school is ready for them. Needless to say, it doesn't always work. Conner, even in 5th grade, had a hard time sitting in his desk, and would just sometimes stand up and jump around. Uh-huh... he's a winner.
It really did make me wonder what would've happened if I'd held Conner back a year. He was MORE then academically prepared for Kindergarten when he went, but maybe his body would've been more ready to be still.
It says that a girls brain at 3.5 is the same as a boy's at 5 -- as far as the sitting still and ready to do bookwork type brain skills. Crazy, no?
They actually talk a LOT about boys only schools, and while I had always thought this seemed kind of fruitless... it makes a good case for it. How those schools can raise gentlemen - and how hard that is to do with boys and girls together.
BUT, I still believe most learning still happens at home. Sure, my son learned about all the Greek myths at school, but I hope learning to be a gentleman is happening at home. I think I juts need to focus a little bit more on those skills.
Anyone else have thoughts on boys at school?