It got me started thinking about when I might try to actually schedule in some structured "learning time." Even as I thought that, I corrected myself in my head. He's 2. Pretty much everything he does is learning time!
Jake and I have discussed and rediscussed schooling. Pre-school or not? 2-day, 3-day, or 5day? Kindergarten? Kindergarten isn't compulsory in many states. Un-schooling? Home schooling? Curriculum is definitely not cheap! Private school? Pretty pricey going that route too. Public School? Magnet school? Montessori? Charter school?
Who knew you had so many options? What we've concluded is that we'll wait until it's time. Next year we'll discuss pre-school, in 3 years we'll discuss Kindergarten.
But something has stuck with me since Aedyn was 3 weeks old. A news story I first heard in St Louis, that was then picked up by the Today Show (you can view the Today Show segment here). Same sex classrooms. The boys get physical activity, they can stand or sit on stools or in a tent. Girls curl up on bean bags and work in groups. Test scores are higher. Both genders more confident and successful. And guess what, the boys that can't sit still are diagnosed as being young boys, not mentally ill (Heads up, ADHD IS a mental illness, sorry if that's not exactly PC, but it is true).
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paper, mostly mess-free!
Are there some drawbacks? I'm sure there are. He will have to interact with the fairer sex at some point before he gets married after all. But as a whole I like the idea.
We've become a society that thinks that anything other than mediocrity is wrong. That teaching a child at his or her ability level is discriminatory. Heaven forbid we have an accelerated classroom so we don't lose our brightest students to boredom and resulting delinquency. Or a remedial class where no child has to feel like they are the only one who doesn't understand; so they need a little more explanation and help...GIVE IT TO THEM!
What if we actually taught girls to cash in on their abilities to multi-task and find connections and new solutions to problems, and taught boys to use their spatial relations skills and ability to focus on a problem and solve it! Instead of telling everyone that they are the same and that it's not ok to be exceptional, why don't we let them do what they're good at?
I don't have all the answers, but I do know that wherever Aedyn and Jaron end up for schooling, their teachers will know how to teach boys.
I'm raising men here, not genderless blobs, so please don't treat them that way.
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P.S. Check and see where single sex classrooms are available in your state here!