edu180atl: monise seward 11.28.11
What I Learned Today: As a parent, sometimes I’m all they got.
I’d be lying if I said I just learned that today. I’ve actually been feeling that way for some time, but here lately I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m all they got. By ‘they’, I mean my kids. Yes, those to whom I gave birth. But also those I once taught, those I desire to teach, and those faces I see hanging out at the library because it’s the only safe place for kids.
What I see makes me wonder why my community doesn’t offer more for the youth? The district and community have failed to address the changing needs of the ‘changing demographic.’ Families whose children are labeled “Title I” or “low-income,” resort to sending their latch-key kids home unsupervised because our schools do not offer low-cost or income-based alternatives. And too many people are o.k. with that. I am not.
Until someone shows me something different, I will continue to operate as I’ve done because ‘I’m all they got.’ Even if that means I resort to begging for money to start an academically and artistically enriching program, then that is what I will do.
About the author: Notre Dame Alum, Soccer Mom, Edu-Blogger, Fndr @Wake_The_Artist, Grant Writer & CEO of @HvnMustB_LkThis. Advocate 4 all things Kid-Arts-Education related.