Tuesday, February 9

My Last Word on Education

Le bateau atelier
Claude Monet

It seems like our public schools are either places where the devil dwells or tombs of learning where angelic teachers jump through molten lava to save the future of our children.

I have a daughter who struggles with school. We can't all be geniuses. We aren't all complete failures either.

I spent the morning with my daughter's teacher and her vice principle. It seems Alex's problem is that she is already getting extra help at school and at home. She isn't doing great, but she isn't failing either. If I were to stop helping her, if she were to fail, a whole host of services would be there to get her the help she needs. But because she hasn't failed yet, there is little else they can do.

Its a frustrating struggle. Being a parent with a child who is falling through the cracks isn't easy. Not having money to pay for private help is maddening.

Really, this whole capitalism thing is great until you find yourself on the bottom trying to get to basic services only open to people at the top. I faced this battle with health care and medical debt. Now I find myself about to go into education debt. I'm taking out a loan so my daughter can be tutored. So my daughter won't have to fail before she can get the help she needs.

Gosh I'm proud to be an American. Best country in the world. Where no rich child is left behind.


The Bug said...

It is VERY frustrating. My inlaws have a simliar issue regarding their health care. Not poor enough to qualify for services; not rich enough to get the help they need. They both have ultimately terminal illnesses. Yep, VERY frustrating!

Jo said...

Katy, first let me say, you are my hero. I was a single parent too, and although my daughter did not struggle with school, she did struggle with other issues, being a child in a single parent family. In Canada, we have services available to everyone, unlike the United States. I am always amazed at how the United States is way behind other countries in social issues.

So, as a parent, I applaud you for stepping up to the plate for your daughter. The loan -- and the tutoring -- will be WELL worth it.


Please keep us posted as to her progress.

Katy said...

Thanks for the encouraging words.

I'll keep you posted.