I used to love my son's school until it became more like lockdown.
Guest Blogger Sandy: Sometimes change is good. Not so when it comes to my son's preschool. This year, my 3-year-old's school has a new director, and from what I can tell, she's either not a big fan of children or in a past life she was a prison warden.
Here are a few things her new administration plans to do away with in the new school year:
1) No birthday parties
I'm behind the rule of not letting parents hijack an entire school day to celebrate Johnny's birthday, but the new rule at my kid's school is no festivities in the class to mark birthdays. Not even if said "party" is hosted by the teacher. Why would the director be anti-birthday party? She claims any organized celebration disrupts the routine of the teachers.
According to Matron, the graduation ceremonies are only for the parents. And selfish people that we are, we have no compunction about forcing our preschoolers into tiny caps and gowns for our own amusement. The children, she says, could care less and have no understanding of what it means to graduate.
3) No holiday programs
Asking children to participate in singing "Frosty the Snowman" is just too stressful for them -- forcing them to perform against their will. The only people who enjoy an out-of-tune holiday ditty are the self-absorbed parents.
4) NO alphabet on the walls / Wall art reserved only for certain areas
This year, according to the director, preschool rooms will be redecorated. Rather, undecorated. The ABCs in particular will be stricken from classrooms because the building blocks of the English language are not age-appropriate for preschoolers. That's not all that's being removed from rooms -- on a tour of my daughter's new classroom, I was taken aback by the stark look of the walls (should the word "stark" ever come to mind when checking out walls at a preschool?!). Kid art is only visible in designated areas.
5) No fun
I don't want to have a knee-jerk reaction to this new regime, but I'm not sure that any of this will benefit my child. What I do think is that it'll benefit the director, who's looking to reduce her workload.
What do you think?