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Educational Choices

Sandra Tayler's Journal

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A cobble by itself is just a small stone, but when many of them lay together they create a path . My life is made up of many discrete parts. I have to find ways to fit them all into place so that I can continue to journey where I desire to go. This journal records some of the cobbles that create my path.

Educational Choices

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High pressure, academic focused educational programs have always been something I resisted. I saw other parents choose to place their kids in academic charter schools. Those kids were inside slogging through homework while mine were outside playing. So it feels odd that I currently have two kids in an academic gifted program. Not only that, but I’m completely convinced that this program is exactly what they need. When Kiki was in this program years ago I spent lots of emotional energy worrying that we’d made the wrong choice to put her in. I’m not even the slightest bit conflicted about Patch or Gleek. I can see how the structures of homework and learning are answering their developmental needs. It is not about preparing for college, or getting a scholarship. It is not about me being afraid and trying to pile up advantages for them. It certainly is not about bragging rights. My kids are where they are because of all the educational programs available to us, this is the best path for them to grow. I have to admit that some days the work load feels a bit heavy, but that is mostly due to fatigue rather than the load itself. We all get tired sometimes. Then we find the strength to keep going and we get stronger as a result. I ponder all this at the beginning of another week while I’m contemplating my many things to do. It isn’t too much. It just feels that way some days.

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  • In prescool and early elementary, heavy academics dont give an advantage, anyway. Those parents were torturing their kids for no reason. You gave your kids play based learning when they needed it, and thanks to that they are now thriving on academics. Good job!
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