Unless you are unusually blessed, parenting and school have a 100% chance of creating acid reflux. With all the distractions of the electronic age, kids are less and less interested in attending school. The internet almost negates school, and no child wants to sit for hours at a time learning stuff they don’t see valuable. Summer school programs are sporadically offered, but my school district has a great program. Unfortunately my son has never taken to it, and I told him one year in grade school that he did not need to go anymore.
But his grades were poor at the end of 5th grade, and I decided he needed a boost. The following is a short poem taken from a discussion with my son. Most parents will be able to relate to this dialog!
My school district offers (to any who choose)
a short summer program for ‘summertime blues’.
The mornings are spent deciphering ancient clues;
the afternoons—you pick whatever you choose!
My son was to begin middle school,
So to enforce new studying rules.
I decided he couldn’t lose,
and signed him up for this free start.
He was SO FUMING MAD!
“Oh, MOM, that is SO GAY!
NO ONE COOL goes to summer school!
I wanna have fun on my vacation days!
Not get up early like you old fools!”
My eyes widened and glinted red!
I wanted to grab him and shout,
“If you were any dumber you’d be DEAD!
You ungrateful entitled lout!
This education is totally free,
and a fantastic opportunity!”
But instead, with deep breath, I said,
“It would be best for your health
to develop an attitude of gratitude.
Education is the key to wealth…….