Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Priorities in school

While rain drops splatter and thunder growls in the distance, I slug one cup of coffee after another trying to distract myself with writing. But I just can't concentrate. I think about my daughter and her class, as they bicycle in this horrible weather. I worry about her having a breathing problem due to her asthma. Like any worry-wart parent, I worry that she will fail to pay attention and crash into a moving car or truck.

I am also quite angry about this, as I believe school is for academics and not for riding bikes. Okay... they are going to a special training with the local police, who are going to teach the children the rules of the road and safety information.

On the one hand, I agree that they are learning valuable information. On the other, I think that this kind of learning should be done during sports, and not during math or German class.

It seems that my daughter's school is constantly distracting its students from studies. Last week after school, the kids were required to go door to door to sell chocolates for a Swiss charity. I know of many children who didn't get their homework done, because they ran out of time.

Studies just do not seem to take priority.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post. My parents were just visiting a couple weeks ago and on a Monday and more than half the train was reserved for Swiss school kids. There was no where for us normal people to sit. It was unbelievable. I do see Swiss kids everywhere on weekdays and wonder why they're not in school.

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