Another rantPosted: June 24, 2014
This winter it was cold, really cold. Our kids missed some school because it was cold. Then it snowed and iced and once again, school was cancelled, we had the joy of sleeping in, shoveling driveways and drinking hot cocoa.
Somewhere between then and now Fairfax County Schools decided to extend the school year due to the amount of school days missed. I heard the hemming and hawing and went about my business because June felt like it was far away. It is now June and Fairfax County Schools are not officially over until tomorrow; tomorrow as in they attend school for about 6 minutes, I guess just to call it a “school day” for the books.
I don’t know many students that are attending this week. Mine are home, their friends are home and many of the neighbors are home. The middle school is having field day today; my daughter’s friend just texted her a picture of them watching ‘Frozen’ in class. I don’t feel badly about her missing it, she’s seen the movie a million times.
A dear friend of mine has a beach house rented for this week. They booked it eons ago before the Winter of 2014 pounced on Northern Virginia. My friend’s husband is a teacher. Do you see where this is going? My friend drove herself and her two kids to the beach house without her husband so that he could stay behind and press the play button on the ‘Frozen’ DVD for his high school students. He will join them on Wednesday after the school day where the kids go to each class for 15 minutes to say their good-byes and sign yearbooks.
I understand the need for education. I am all for education and learning. NO ONE IS LEARNING THIS WEEK. They are biding time to say they met their school requirements. And, hard working teachers who did teach and educate throughout the year are missing family vacations etc. because of these added days where no one is teaching.
I don’t get it – if you do, please fill me in.