Category Archives: Adventures in unschooling

School’s out

We started unschooling today. While I’ll admit that the 1-2 hours I sometimes get to myself will be missed, I feel like I’ve made the best choice for myself and my daughter. Going to school was a train wreck full of stress, tummy aches, and frustration even though she was a straight A and gifted student.

Spending the day at her old school yesterday made me realize how horrible the FWISD really is. The teachers sit there barking out orders while the kids sit there like little robots inside a jail cell. They are not allowed to talk, have fun, ask questions, everything that isn’t silence is punished.

Now, I’ve made it clear to her that my only rule is that she have fun while learning. We no longer have to wake up at 7 to get ready to drive her off to a place where she’ll only be allowed to eat once a day (if she’s lucky and the lunchroom attendants don’t decided to take it away, for talking), recess is never guaranteed, and any sort of emotion is shunned.

Maybe part of me still wants to shelter her, especially after the bus incident. Maybe some people will call me crazy for voluntarily giving up some much needed me time but honestly, if that means shaping a decent-kind-confidant individual, then guess what?

You’re welcome.

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The FWISD sucks.

The Fort Worth Independent School District is a joke. More specifically, Lowery Road Elementary, is full of incompetent, bitter, ghetto individuals who don’t give a shit about your kids. My daughter is in first grade and has already been stabbed with a pencil, verbally and physically assaulted, and more recently has been yelled and kicked out of a play center for giggling.

My child may be a wild, untamed beast at home but at school all her teachers so far have always told me she’s the quietest, most respectful kid they’ve ever had. BUT SHE GOT REPRIMANDED FOR GIGGLING. Yes, the sheer stupidity of this is enough to produce a Kanye West all caps lock kind of rant, but I’ll contain myself.

Suck it, FWISD.

I feel sorry for any child with potential who’s stuck at that school. For us, for now… Unschooling it is.