Usually,Â school districtÂ releases don’t get any airplay here.Â The articlesÂ appeal only to a limited audience,Â and that audience usually doesn’t homeschool.Â But, a sentence inÂ this article that caught Google’s cyber-eyeÂ provoked a need to squeak.
- The Call, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 6 July 2006, Two potential candidates drop council bids for School CommitteeÂ Â Â Â
The school department also eliminated its home-based school preparation program for preschool-age students, she noted.
“Preschool-age students.”Â What a chilling description.
There are so many inferences wrapped up in those words, and no, I don’t mean implications, although they’re there, too.Â The inferences are what theÂ adults viewing the “students” madeÂ after they looked at them.Â It appears the adultsÂ looked atÂ ‘children,’Â butÂ concluded, ‘school widgets.’
Apparently these adults who make policy, and others who report on it,Â did not see ‘children.’Â They did not see little kids.Â They did not see summer days with kiddos making mud-pies, orÂ consider little ones having water-in-the-teapot tea parties with dolls, or imagine small children riding tricycles in circles in the driveway, orÂ listen toÂ shouts and squeals coming from slippery babies in a wading pool.Â The adults concerned looked at threes and fours andÂ distilled them intoÂ “preschool-age students.”Â Â
From this description, they didn’t see the childrenÂ as they are, but only as what they appear to be when measuredÂ with straight backs againstÂ the yardstick of school, and that seems to be a viewpoint as dry as chalk dust.Â The slippery babies don’t grow up to hunt fireflies, or spy fledglings in a nest, or battle a March zephyr with a paper kite.Â In this view, “preschool-age students”Â are prepared to beÂ “school-age students” who, I suppose, will become “junior high students,” then “high school students,” then “college students,” then “employees.” Homogeni-sapians.
No, it’s not a big deal, hardly even blogworthy and using upÂ as much time inÂ finding the wordsÂ as doesÂ ‘something important.’Â Still,Â someone, somewhere, has to notice and say something.