We were so excited to be 6 and in the 1st Grade!
I think that my Darling Diva was so anxious as the days of summer fun drew to a close and we began the “Back to School” mode. She isn’t one of those children who just doesn’t like school. She had the ‘new-teacher’ jitters and you just had to hear her chatter on and on about “Will there be new friends?”, “Will they be smart?”, “Will everyday be fun or not fun?”, “What will I wear?”, “How will I wear my hair?”, “Mom, do you promise that I get to where my hair feather?”
My anxieties happened to be slightly different but just as nerve wracking… With all that has gone on with the Texas public education system and really, just the education system in general, I wanted to begin the year with a sense of security. I wanted someone to assure me that my child would have a “great teacher”. I felt my choices were limited but I wanted her to have the “best” teacher of her options.
What is this “great teacher”? Does he/she exist in the Texas public education system? I must say YES! It’s no myth, this “great teacher”. But will my child and those in her class be blessed with THAT educator. The educator that goes above and beyond scope and sequence. The educator that goes outside the framework. The educator that recognizes that children, are children and not robots. The educator that recognizes and appreciates their role as an educator and not a babysitter. The educator that stands firm in structure and discipline and can manage the dynamic behaviors of young students without infringing on and/or crippling their thirst for knowledge. The educator that genuinely cares for the future and well-being of my child and any others that he/she has the privilege to influence.
I would like for my daughter to be challenged and heard as the uniquely creative spirit that she is. As her mother, I would like to be embraced as a supportive parent and not shunned as the meddlesome mom. It is my desire to collaborate with, not to criticize. It’s not her teacher or the one next door, her principal or the counselor, or even just her school. I understand that the system is faulted. It is with this understanding that I recognize that it is impossible for me to change system. (And yes, I know, I can help to change the system but not overnight.) All I am saying is that, I can only do what I can do within the confines of my situation and that of my daughter’s education.
I can want, expect, and do my dead level best for her to have a “GREAT TEACHER” because they do still exist.