I’m just an observer in many facets of life now. I just read that NC did not scrap the Common Core as expected and I was disappointed briefly. Then I remembered I’m not teaching anymore and it will not have any direct impact on my life. Yet, I observe this part of life and feel sorry for the teachers who must continue to teach using Common Core Standards.
I watch the neighborhood children board the school bus daily. I’m outside with my geriatric dog who cannot wait for daylight to go out in the mornings, and I see the children trudging to the bus stop in the dark. How does that make any sense? School should start later.
I have many opinions, but to voice them seems to invite argument.
I was one of the few (the only one?) who objected to “participation trophies” when my sons played sports. “What does a trophy mean?” I asked, “if everyone gets one?” My comment was met with frowns and raised eyebrows. Someone said, “But the children who don’t get one will cry!” Well . . . children cry. They are learning about life sometimes when they’re crying. Everyone is not a winner, no matter how much we want them to be. Now those parents are reaping the reward of THAT decision.
I could go on and on. Sometimes my opinion is wrong, but I do have one. I keep them to myself now as I’m not involved in a lot of what is going on in the world. I’m interested in it, but really, how much does it affect me and does anyone care what I think?