Friday, August 27, 2010

Glimpse into Society

I went to a meeting for parents of new kindergartners last night. It was quite similar to the meeting last fall, but it still surprised me.

They presented classroom procedures, curriculum, and expectations of the students. Not one hand went up. That segment was finished in 15 minutes.

Then they mentioned the cafeteria, and we spent the next 45 minutes discussing every teeny tiny detail of the young ones food experience.

I couldn't help but wonder if we were in a similar meeting in India or Japan... would they have nothing to say about learning and ask a million questions about food? I tend to think not. The only curriculum based question came from an Indian gentelman who wanted to make sure there was equal focus on reading and math. It may not matter that he was Indian, but he was the only one to ask about the learning.

There was one other area that peaked a lot of interest- many hands and questions- the after-school child care options.

I find it really disturbing. We seem to only care about who can take care of our children (not the parents, of course- that would be ridiculous), and making sure they get their fair share of (awful) food.

6 comments:

Jen said...

What a rather sad commentary on our values as a society...food first, child care second, learning last...amazing how focused we are on food for a country that has so much of it...

The Clanton Gang said...

Not a surprise! Well, actually, I'm surprised that so many parents showed up. There was always such low parent attendance at events like this when I taught school. So sad!

Kelly said...

Insightful. Very telling.

colleensewnsew said...

Thanks for making me think! We do focus on food way too much instead of being grateful we have some!

Villamor family said...

interesting isn't it! and sad. I bet that Indian gentleman was having the same thoughts as you!

Lisa L. said...

I agree with the Clayton Gang. We had workshops on how to help your kids with their school work (aimed at parents with struggling students). Everyone that showed up were parents that had great students and people that obviously already work with their kids a lot. Not to mention the parents that show up and drop their kids off to "help" the day after school lets out or try to register their kids for summer school the day it starts -cause hey, free day care in the summer!