***This is a controversial topic, i am not trying to offend anyone; just voicing my concerns and opinions :0)***
If you have followed my blog for a while you know I have been back and forth on homeschooling or public schools. I decided that at least this year I am not prepared. I need more research and information before I can commit to such an important roll.
Today I took my son to test in for kindergarten, they start school officially in a few weeks and they take these test to see what classroom level they are in, what teacher is best for them, how much one on one time they are going to need etc. I had two major problems as I sat there in the school:
1. There were two lines for the kids to wait in to be tested, one was the Spanish speaking children and the other was the English speaking children. I have an issue with this because the line of the children who could not speak English was outrageously longer than the children who could speak English. I am not racist at all my family is actually Hispanic and bilingual; however it bothers me that some families do not take the time to make sure their children learn English. English is the primary language of this country and it is important for these children to be able to communicate with teachers and other students. It bothers me that my son will possibly be shorted on what he is learning so they can teach English (something in my opinion should be taught at home).
I understand that my opinion on this topic seems harsh and I am not trying to offend anyone.
The second thing that bothered me is when they handed me the school supply list. Now I know with the current economical state, New Mexico (among other states) has made budget cuts in the educational department totaling over $200 million( and don't even get me started on this topic!) but this should not mean that I have to pick up the tab for the schools short comings and purchase supplies that I know my 5 yr old is not going to be using. Looking past the fact that everything on the list will be shared among the class, I was asked to purchase items like dry erase markers, 3 containers of Clorox wipes, paper towels, 3 different boxes of 3 different sizes of ziplock bags, a clip board, hand soap, hand sanitizer, permanent markers, and 5 glue sticks along with a bottle of glue. All of these items were on top of the items I'm not complaining about like markers, water colors notebooks, crayons etc. I walked out of Wal Mart having spent $75.00!(I didn't even buy him anything Iron man, Spider man or holographic!) I am all for pitching in and helping the teachers out ... but to require that parents buy this much stuff that is going to be communal or not even used by the students at all is ridiculous! It is clear the only thing they left off my "required supply list" was the schools toilet paper!
I have to say this experience has definitely pushed me closer to getting my homeschooling act together for next year!