“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” ~ Jack Handy
Tomorrow we are going on a “behind the scenes field trip” to…. a PUBLIC school. Someone (and I ‘ain’t sayin who) in my family is a Vice Principal! This “insider” has agreed to take my children and I behind the “Iron Curtain” to get a look at: how cafeteria lunch is run, just what a hall monitor is, how to file discipline reports, what a REAL classroom looks like… and more! We probably will bring a notepad and count how many ugly Christmas sweaters we see, too. This just may be the most educational field trip they take all year! I’m so excited.
For those of you who are scratching your head in wonder at why a homeschooler would be interested in a field trip to a public school… I’ll let you in on a secret about me – I don’t view the Public School as my enemy. There are lots of GREAT teachers and administrators in public schools – many who are just as frustrated with the “system” (and their benefits and pay) as homeschooling moms are. They have just chosen to stick in there and try to individually make a difference for the kids who CAN’T homeschool. Some have grown children who no longer attend schools, but they have a huge heart for doing what they can each day to make things better for public-school students.
There are quite a few teachers in my family. Some of my best friends have kids in public schools. My mom is a substitute in FIVE school districts. Even if my kids don’t attend a public school, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy learning about how others are learning. I think we need to hold out hands of fellowship to each other (teachers of public, private, and homeschools) and lift each other up in prayer. After all, teaching is about touching lives… and it isn’t about US, it is about the kids. I think we can all learn FROM each other.
I better get some sleep so we can get up and get ready for our big day. Hope I don’t forget my lunch money!