This from Teacher Magazine brings it all back, the mind-numbing, institutional-school crowd management obsession that blots out the sun of real childhood education.
The kindergarten teacher to whom Favorite Daughter was duly assigned back in 1995, obviously had followed such advice and was very well prepared with all these procedures. She did it so well in fact, she was so thoroughly caught up in her own professional pencil-sharpening planning and posted lists and signs, handouts and parent directions and furniture arrangements and supply requirements, that we both felt she just needed to be left to it — without us as individual mom and child with our pesky individual needs and wants, getting in her way! 🙂
Which is why in a nutshell, we’ve been blissfully learning without The First Day of School (even at home!) ever since.