Tuesday, October 06, 2009

September's Questions



The month of September brought us countless questions, often uttered between sobs of deep grief:
Why do kids have to go to school?

Why can't kids just stay home and learn?

Why are the teachers always, always talking? They never stop talking.

Will I go to college?

How soon can I go to college?

Can I go to college where you teach?

If kids are really smart can they do high school in two years?

Can I go to another school -- a school where kids don't have homework and can wear whatever they want and don't have P.E.?

Can you find me another school, a better school?
And an extra mysterious one --
Why can't scientists make a time machine and go back in time to make sure the Greeks don't exist?
When I asked why would you want the Greeks to not exist, Sweet M's answer was:
Because they invented school, and gym, too.
Sweet M wants to nip this whole mandatory school thing in the bud, go right back to the start of it and keep it from ever being invented.

My girl is feeling overwhelmed and I don't have any answers for her.

Not yet anyway.

8 comments:

r.b. said...

Sweet M has a LOT on her mind! I can sympathize with P.E.

kristenspina said...

I sympathize. And relate. School is hard. And not just the academic part, but all of it: the rules, the social piece, the work!! I'm sure my son would like to put an end to it as well. ;-)

leila said...

The question about the Greeks - priceless. And I think my son can relate to her annoyance about teachers that never stop talking.

VAB said...

I think a lot of kids would be on board with her plan to take out the Greeks, which by the way, shows great creative abstract thinking and cause and effect application, which in turn suggests to me that Sweet M is doing fine on her own, with or without the non-stop talking of annoying teachers.

MothersVox said...

Thanks for your words of encouragement around this . . . I'm really sad because she is so sad, and, as the saying goes, a parent is only as happy as their saddest child.

I will find some answers for her.

It's a challenging fall with the middle school transition, and friends across the river are having even tougher times, so we're just holding on and seeing what will unfold as we look at other schools, again, for the sixth time.

Monica said...

Poor sweet M. And what a brilliant, insightful comment about the Greeks! This is the age when school gets really hard and boring ... and there are no easy answers. Just make sure that sweet M. gets some creative time to relax at home ...

Chromesthesia said...

Greeks also contributed to the invention of miserable maths I think...

Shenandoah bed and breakfast said...

This girl is very intelligent and her E.I(Emotional Intelligence) is so high and she is a creative girl and she thinks and ponder every thing in her surroundings.