TO THE BACK OF THE CLASS, MR PREMIER
My daughter started school this year.
After her first day, she told me that her teacher was bossy, there was too much lining up, sitting on the mat was boring and that the bell was irritating… I thought, welcome to the world, my darling girl.
She also declared she wouldn’t be returning to school again.
Image via news.com.au.
Geez, I thought, at just the end of day one, this is going to be a long year! And it has been, the struggle to get my oldest, sensitive daughter to school each day has been a challenge. Some days are easier than others – and I’ve discovered a little bribery, otherwise known as ‘positive reinforcement’ might get her out the door. Or it might be simply that it’s the tuck shop day or gym day that will be enough to get her to class without an argument, negotiation or tears.
What has also helped to get my daughter to let go of my hand and head into her classroom is the small, nurturing and gentle school where Allegra is enrolled. There is only one class per year, extra teachers aides and a very involved and caring school community.
We’re lucky that as parents we have the economic freedom to be able to pay and pick the right school for our children.
Not everybody has that same freedom, so choice doesn’t come into it. There are two terrific public schools in our area, but we felt the large number of classes they have in each year would be too overwhelming for our five year old. We had an option and have been able to choose the best school for our daughter.
However, such options are going to be harder for many families with the O’Farrell government’s ridiculous decision to rip $1.7 billion out of the New South Wales education budget.
Figures have never been my strong point, but surely it is dumb to take money out of a system that is responsible for helping to shape, support and educate our greatest resource… our children?!
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