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HEY, SHAY

Filed at 4:36 pm under by dcobranchi

This woman needs some help.

6 Responses to “HEY, SHAY”


Comment by
Missy
June 27th, 2005
at 12:48 pm

Hi! I’m that woman who needs help–can I ask why? :0)

Missy


Comment by
Shay
June 27th, 2005
at 1:25 pm

I think that was another of Daryl’s tongue-in-cheek comments. Hey, y’all, we’re proud that Missy, the woman who “needs help” has been an active and valuable member of the PW County grassroots coalition that has worked to improve our district’s Hs regs. You go, Missy!


Comment by
Daryl
June 27th, 2005
at 1:53 pm

Actually I was being serious, but only because it wasn’t clear (to me) that Missy was a home educator. I read the piece as if she had kids in the g-schools and was just frustrated.


Comment by
Missy
June 27th, 2005
at 2:17 pm

Hi Daryl!

I’d just told Shay that you probably thought I was a frustrated parent or teacher. I taught for about 12 years, much of that time in the PWC school system. We’re now hsing, but I’m still very much aware of the trends in the public school system and I do get very frustrated about our country’s lack of committment to our children. So, I write about it. My own children are *almost* unschooled (hard for a former teacher sometimes), but my husband is still teaching in a nearby school district and so we’re still very much involved with the reality of public school.

Missy


Comment by
nicksmama
June 27th, 2005
at 7:00 pm

Daryl,

I thought that she was a frustrated mom with kids in government schools. After reading it, I thought to myself – “Hey lady, two words: Home School!”

Reality is that government schools are in the business of educating the masses, not meeting the needs of the individual. The government schools attempt to provide a basic education. I liken it to McD’s feeding the masses – they can’t make special meals for everyone. I think even Burger King dropped the “hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us” routine years ago.

Off to grill some burgers for my grourmet-educated kids.

nicksmama


Comment by
Missy
June 27th, 2005
at 9:26 pm

I used to be a frustrated mom and educator. That’s a large part of why we homeschool; school wasn’t working for us.(and besides, I just really like my kids) But, I still have enough exposure to the system to feel the same anger because, just as you said, the schools are not interested in the individual. Yet, frankly, the US does have the resources to effectively overhaul the system and tailor each child’s education–if we cared enough to invest in our children.

Missy