Thursday | Things I'm Thinking
When does summer end?
Labor Day, right?
So why is my kid headed back to school on August 16, over two full weeks before Labor Day?
I know, I'm fighting a raging tide with a tea spoon. I realize that I am in a super-minority on this one. I want a school year that starts the Wednesday after Labor Day and ends the Friday before Memorial Day, with far fewer nonsense breaks in between.
I want my kids home. You won't catch me posting on Facebook about how happy I am that the kids out of the house.
I like being with my kids...my kids, mine. They're mine.
I like that they get to spend time learning from us.
I like that they get to be restored for a season, despite all the summer homework piled on them.
But, but , but...
I know. You don't have to post it...
The Chinese have a 23 hour school day
Japanese kids go to school 363 days a year
We trail the world in math, science, soccer and recess
Is the answer really more time in school?
We think that the only answer to falling behind is putting in more time
We teach kids by ten to be work-a-holics, a pattern they carry with them until retirement (or burn-out)
We drive them to the point that, while they may remember the answers, they forget how to smile
Now, I believe in hard work. It's biblical. The Bible that teaches hard work also embraces days of rest and season of restoration, recreation and renewal.
Our society is sick right now, really sick.
Part of our sickness is rooted in our unhealthy drivenness. We never turn off. We've forgotten how to rest.
Our kids are being told that they need to learn how to work harder.
Do they also understand that they need to learn how to relax?
The education of a human is more than mastering school subjects; it's learning how to live life for the long-haul.
A driven life may lead to accomplishment, but it seldom leads to full satisfaction.
A driven life dries up a soul.
Happy school year kids! Sorry your summer is over before summer is over.