If you know me, you know that I personally strongly disagree with this statement.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for college and educating children, but I also am a firm believer that children need to be kids. They need to be able to explore the world, they need to dance, they need to sing, they need to act, they need to draw, they need to color, they need to climb trees, scrape knees, build blocks, make snow angels, do crafts, cuddle, squeal, cry, laugh, and be a kid.
Unfortunately, we're losing this in our society, which is evident in the article I just read in the Washington Post, entitled Kindergarteners Show Cancelled So Kids Can Become 'College and Career Ready' Really?
I don't think that I actually need to recap the article, since the title pretty much explains it all, except maybe that this article also shows the letter sent home to parents explaining their decision and that the letter was verified to be true.
The thing is, we are losing all that makes people individuals by taking away the arts. My cousin, who is an extremely successful Lead Engineer for EA Sports, is in large part successful because of his hard work at school. The thing the school's forget is that, people like him chose their career path because of the hours of play they did as a child. I remember him taking me on "adventures" where we would act out video games, running into problems that only video game characters would run into. We would fight and defeat them or die and miraculously come back to life (used up a life).
I have to admit, I dread answering this question. I hate when it is asked, I hate talking about, I hate the feeling I'm being judged. Probably the biggest reason for not wanting to answer this question, aside from being judged, is because my reasons are so complex that to give any type of answer would not do it justice. My reasons are more extensive than pretty much any other decision I have ever made.
I will break it down into five reasons. I could go on further than that, but five seems like a good amount without boring people to tears and actually making some of my points.
1. I want to give my daughter better educational opportunities.
After six years of infertility, she was blessed with the adoption of her oldest daughter who now is a teenager. Six years later, she finally became a mother a second time, this time with a baby through a donated egg and ivf. Throughout that time, she fostered nine babies and toddlers, met wonderful women who helped her grow, and learned to rely on Jesus. She started this blog with the hope that she could share her joy, experience, and willingness to grow with others, whether they battle infertility, toddlers, or teens.