Education and children

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Education and children
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 9:28am
I know that this CAN apply to boys too, but in this specific scenario it applies to an all girls school. I read an article in the local paper about the all girls parochial high school dropping their child development/pre-school class. It has been running for over thirty years. The school polled the parents and the parents said they wanted it dropped because it did not prepare the girls for college. (The article didn't say if it was an either/or argument - ie child development or physics)

We have talked about the need for parental, and specifically maternal, education. An argument could be that it is not up to the school to educate our children about children (this was child development - not sex ed). But then where is this education supposed to come from? The same could be said for the consumer education course that is a requirement in most schools.

What about the young women that want to go into ECE or any other kind of work that focuses on children - are we already telling them that it is a waste of time and brain cells?


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 9:42am
Generally, courses/programs are dropped from the curriculum because of lack of interest. At least that's the way it seems to be around here (public school). I suspect this class is an elective and that if the enrollemt was consistently high, they would continue to offer it. If the makeup of the student population at the school is overwhelmingly college bound students, and knowing how tight the colleg prep curriculum is, it's not suprising. Where will students learn about child development/pre-school? Well, I was college prep in HS, never had a child development class and managed ok. I wish that all schools could offer a broad based curriculum that meets the needs of every student, but that is fairy tale land. The fact is that in some areas, the college bound population is the overwhelming majority, so that's what they build the curriculum around.


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Mon, 06-23-2003 - 11:04am
I think our high schools do a disservice to the students these days. They chop classes that do not help with getting into college and, as a result, there are no "prepare for life" courses. I graduated in 1993 after taking AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP English Literature and tons of college prep classes. Guess what? I had no idea how to balance a checkbook. I did not understand about credit cards and interest rates. I had no idea about car payments. My parents did not like to talk about money. I never took a child development class either. Thank God my mother was close by me when I had my first child. I was completely lost.

High school should not be all about preparing for college. It should also help you prepare for life.


"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)


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Mon, 06-23-2003 - 11:25am
I guess my high school was weird! We had a 4-yr college attendee rate of over 70%, yet we had a class called "Life Skills". While I did take AP Calculus and AP Physics, by the time I got to senior year I had 3 free periods. Life Skills was required for graduation, and it taught how to balance a checkbook, they did the thing where you have to take care of a "baby" for two weeks (A doll with a 10 lb weight attached to it) And a few other things. Luckily, I already knew how to balance a checkbook, lots of kids had never seen one. The neat thing was they taught you how to write your words so noone could fraudulently use your checks. (Like if you leave a space after the word "nine" someone can add a "ty" and a 0 after the 9 and you're out $89.. that happened to my mom once) Anyways... this was probably a useless blabber post.. but I think Life Skills classes are necessary because while some kids may learn that stuff at home, a lot won't.
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Registered: 05-28-2003
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 4:31pm
Interesting. At my high school (public school), there was a class called "careers with children" where they taught child develpment stuff but there was nothing titled "child development for the future parents"....
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Mon, 06-23-2003 - 8:15pm
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! PERFECT!! my high school concentrated on math and science, and i was *not* put on earth for those reasons. i am cultural, but i kept away from the cultural classes because the way to go was math and science to be successful in life. well, guess what. i have no degree at all. i hate math and science, and by the time i was in college(went a year) i thought the cultural thing was frivolous because that is how society portrayed it.

i am 45(46 on july 1st, btw...teehee) and now understand ALL areas of education are as important as the next. art, music, theatre, business management, home management, small business courses, woodshop, mechanics, arcitecture, child care, family living, are all very important as well as math and science and computer technology.

i understand certain classes are cut because of budget, however, imo, why would they cut family living classes, knowing a good majority of the graduates(and those who dont graduate) will have a family one day? why dont they cut the "advanced math 6000"(sarcasm!) when only a select few would even be interested in taking it, AND knowing this class is NOT necessary in the overall realm of life. if one desires this class, there are scads of them offered at the college level.

oh, silly me,..... the answer is as duhhhh

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Registered: 11-20-2001
Thu, 06-26-2003 - 7:54am
"To Sir With Love" one very good book, and good movie. What happens when real life hits the high school student whose education did not include the child development classes, the parenting classes? Teachers in our public school, here where I live, discuss these issues in their curriculum ... Health, English, History, and Science; these issues are not separated as one class, rather they are included in most classes. Tough stuff to digest that some parents truly believe education is about book knowledge.



Linda - wife, mother, grandmum                     &nb