I had this realization yesterday. School's been out for week and what a nice week it was! DD's happily reading every night. She breezed through the new Mercy Watson book night. She checked out a whole stack of new books about animals and is plowing into them. I've discovered mornings are the sweet spot for writing and she's done her copywork and freewriting without complaint in the morning. Our evenings are blissfully free.
I was so irritated last week about the recommendation that she do work with the online phonics program. I think I've figured out why I was so irritated. It was like an intrusion of school into our personal lives during summer. I'm so glad we've decided not to worry about it over the summer.
When school is in session, our time in the evening is never our own. We're always jumping through school hoops. It drives me crazy and I really resent it.
Why is school so intrusive in family lives? Why do they feel they have some ownership of that time in the evening? It seems like it represents some of cultural phenomenon that shows that they don't trust families. And why do families so willingly cede that time over to school? Do families not trust that they have a right to run their own lives?
Sorry for the diatribe but it strikes me as strange.