The Right Answer

Oh, I forgot to mention one thing that the Lutheran school principal said that made me fall in love with her.

She said, “the board asked us to prepare online lessons for students in case there are snow days and schools are closed. But I said, forget it! In a snow day children should be playing outside, not sitting in front of a screen. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight! That’s the best learning experience.”

This told me everything I needed to know.

4 thoughts on “The Right Answer”

  1. Clarissa ! Right On ! As a retired teacher with 30 years of wonderful teaching in the public schools, you and that principal are absolutely on target about allowing kids to enjoy all the pleasures of snow days. I certainly did, growing up in upstate New York, with ice skating, sledding, snow men, snow angels, Christmas pageants, Christmas choral singing with no rebukes for including Christian religious carols that mentioned the Baby Jesus, etc. How we loved the snow days in the 1940’s ! I believe I would dread teaching in today’s schools, with so many of them tending to woke ideology and oppression. We were free, as teachers to teach exactly as we pleased. How many progressives I meet and talk with today tell me that the 1940’s and 1950’s were days of perdition and evil. To me they were golden days of freedom !
    All the public schools then began the day with Bible reading (What glorious moral teaching for our young minds), followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Our students and teachers were immersed in loving our country. Today student at all levels are taught to hate our nation and its incredible history. No nation can survive when its inhabitants, legal and illegal, are taught hatred for it’s history, culture, and hatred for the majority founding white race.

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  2. So very promising, God bless your family as you all begin your school adventure together! How exciting!

    (Of course, in the true north, snow days take on a slightly different meaning on those days of the year when it’s -30° to -40° C with the wind chill.)

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  3. Last week we had a tiny, tiny chance of snow. Our headmaster sent out an email that said in case of snow, everyone was to take the day off and play. This from a school that allows parents to choose between virtual and in-person school, and to switch as necessary. We are at 90%+ in person even though every class has Zoom capabilities and we went fairly seamlessly to 100% Zoom this spring.

    It was one of the best emails I’ve seen in a long time.

    Today we got one from the high school principal. Since there are so many people, including teachers, absent due to quarantine, they made the decision to make fall semester exams optional. Again, I think it was a great call. My 11th-grade daughter is happily skipping out on English but taking her Calculus exam as preparation for the AP test this spring. I think it’s a good decision for her.

    These are some of the benefits of a small school. I wish you all the best in your decision, but most of all commend you for being wise enough to choose it for your daughter at such a young age! My oldest had to endure two years of a pretty abysmal elementary school before I wised up.

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  4. I’m so happy for you!

    I wish we had affordable independent schools here. We have Catholic schools which are affordable but they have chosen to comply with many of the state requirements for public schools in order to qualify for funding, which means they aren’t really free to pursue own pedagogy. Another issue is many of the schools embrace wokeness and others over rely on tech.

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