Let Children Be Children… At Home, Not At School.
Education is the most important thing in a child’s life and children are the most important aspects of our life because they will one day be running our countries. I am a seventeen year old female that is in the process of graduating high school and preparing to attend Penn State college Beaver campus in August of 2008. I have two little sisters that I am physically leaving behind but I never want to leave them even a step behind. So why would the school district be doing that exact thing that I fear? I wish I knew but I do have a plan.
As all plans I’m sure probably start off, mine started with a problem that I noticed. The two sisters that I have for mentioned, are the ages of fourteen and twelve. The process of education that I went through was attending Brookline Elementary School for Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Then I went on to Junior High or Middle School at South Hills Middle School which is connected to the high school that I would be attended in three years which is where I am at right now John A. Brashear High School. This process of education was very important to my development of wants and needs. I enjoyed most of it and I learned from all of it I take pride in knowing that I have be able to accept and move on from any problems that I have had to dealt with.
Now I’m going to personalize this problem by introducing my sisters; Catherine is fourteen in the eight grade and Victoria is twelve in the seventh. Both attended pre-school unlike myself and then moved on to Kindergarten through Fifth grade at Brookline Elementary School as I and my brother before me did. When Catherine was promoted to sixth grade, she traveled to the bus stop on the first day of school and took a ride to South Hills Middle School, intimidated and excited as all children were and should be in my opinion. She did outstanding in that grade and her name as well as other students who did exceptionally well received an award in the form of their name displayed on a billboard on a busy street. My mom took pictures, Catherine was so proud and so was I.
Unfortunately, South Hills Middle School was going to be getting a ‘shipment’ of new kids from new neighborhoods to attend their school and they had to cut back on their Class Count. So as it seems, Catherine was upset to learn that she had to take that bus home one last time and start back up at Brookline Elementary School which over the summer took a course in how to be a Kindergarten through Eighth Grade school. So not only did Catherine have to go back but Victoria never got to leave.
The problem is not that these children are stuck in the same school for the first almost fifteen years of their lives meeting no new people even though that is a potential issue. The problem is thus, these pre-teenagers are reading books that are way below their grade level. They are being tested on information that is so sub-par, it cannot be just. These children who should be learning to spread their wings are having to stand in alphabetical order in a single file line to walk with their classmates and teachers to class like they are children who need absolute guidance. My twelve year old sister has not had the opportunity to develop her own writing style because of the provided space that their homework packets have and she seems to have the same handwriting as she did when she started school at Brookline.
I personally think this is a complete waste of time and money for the city and the children. When Catherine and her classmates attend Brashear for the first time there is no telling what will happen. Will these students go buck-wild and disappoint everyone including themselves? Will they spend no time with friends because they are so overwhelmed with the work load that they are getting having to do actual problems and they do not develop the necessary social skills or, will they be so shy that they get labeled stupid and have a horrible time in high school? There are so many things that can go wrong in a child’s life for no reason at all. I think it’s time to do something so that their problems are not rooted back to the fact that they were held back and treated stupid for fifteen years. I know it may be too late for my two sisters but, it is not too late for everybody else. So I say, let these children be “babied” at home and let them walk to class by themselves if they are late, teach them the consequences of doing so. Everybody has to learn sometime. Why wait? You learn easier when you’re younger anyways.