In the spirit of identifying with the tireless role that they play in support of their music-loving, instrument-lugging progenies, I've made a handful of keen observations so that others might avoid entering the future ranks without first knowing what's in store.
You don't get into teaching for the glory. I don't drive my Ferrari to school and then peel out after the bus to go home and swim in my pool of money. We're here to glorify our students, to show the work that they've done and how much better they are than they were yesterday.
Arlene was lucky enough to have a supportive family and to find a perfect stranger who asked her why she was crying in front of a school that wouldn't let her back in, who showed her how to take online classes and get the credits she needed to graduate.
Girls are bombarded. Daily. Hourly. Constantly. With the shoulds and the should nots. You should act this way. You should project this image. You should be careful not to project this image.
Around here, the high school homecoming dress code calls for a suit for boys and a cocktail-style dress for girls. My daughter's R2D2 dress is more casual. The biggest push-back against her decision has come not from me, her father, nor her boyfriend (a fellow Star Wars fanatic), but from the girls.
We're not talking about going on college tours, or looking at dorm rooms, or even picking up a brochure. But since your student isn't in high school yet, this is the perfect time to make sure they're headed in the direction of success.
It's okay to be weird. Here's why.
Sitting in a classroom of high school students, overhearing their conversations that are filled with gossip and unkind words, "I can't take it anymore... that's enough." That only stops the unkindness for a moment, it needs to change, and the words need to be understood.
There once was a school/where people were always right./They knew they were right . . .and they were proud of it.
If I were to say I was active in the Boy Scouts of America into early high school, it would no doubt conjure up certain images. They'd be wrong. No matter what they are, the images you have would all be wrong.
When my guidance counselor tried to prevent me from applying to the colleges of my dreams, Dr. Ferrer was the first person to walk with me down to her office. He demanded that I apply to whatever college I wanted, he said, because I was just as capable as my peers.
In this hyper-connected, on-line all-the-time culture, it has never been more important to disengage and slow down. Adults have been doing it for years -- through yoga and the increasingly popular practice of mindfulness, which is generally described as the state of being attentive to the present moment.
It is time to push back. It's time for parents and school administrators to form a united front against a well-intentioned but woefully misinformed government that is forcing curriculum and standardized testing on our kids.
As a nation, it behooves us to consider how we prioritize various learning experiences. As millions of high school students leap through the hoops and hurdles of the next 9 months of the school year, we must look beyond short-term gains in specific skills and knowledge toward their longer term needs and desires.
I love other people's stories. I see a family , a woman eating alone, a man in a biz suit, two friends chatting, a group of teenagers hanging out... and I'm curious.
I have often felt that I am missing much of the joy I could be getting out of a book by reading it in class instead of on my own.