DS was chosen as star student last week. It used to be they just picked someone because it was their turn, but DS said his teacher was picking kids that had exhibited strengths (maybe that's all BS to make them all feel good, whatever - this really isn't relevant). His teacher sent an email saying that he had shown leadership in class and around the school and said that he would be 'celebrated' with the other star students at their Friday pep rally (this rally stuff happens every Friday morning). They say the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge and stand in front of the whole school. DH and I went because they made it sound like a big deal (not saying it isn't, just wasn't as big of a deal as they made it out to be). I figured I hadn't been to this thing before because I figured they have to hustle off to class right after that and I didn't want to be a distraction to them.
Anyhow, while there, I couldn't help to feel really strange about what I was watching. Even DH was a little weird-ed out. It felt sort of like, IDK, cult-ish. Of course they stress the fund raising activities and really get the kids pumped up about spirit night and what to tell their parents to get them to take them to dinner. They are also getting ready for their annual fun run and were reminding them to get lots of pledges and money from family and neighbors. It felt like they were pimping my kids. I found it un-nerving. Then to top it all off, with the pledges (to the flag and state), and then they play their school song music and the kids all get up and have to do a dance and sing the song. It was just weird.
It's a good school, I like the teachers and the staff. Everyone is nice and it seems to be very little drama compared to some other schools we have been to. It just seemed reminiscent of those old Hitler kid films where the kids were all sort of indoctrinated.
Have you ever gotten a weird feeling like that? I can overcome this, as I know it's really not that big of a deal. I guess because I hadn't seen it before it just seemed so alien to me. When I was growing up I would leave campus and go home for lunch. Not a whole lot of emphasis was placed on raising money for the school. We had books and necessities and if we needed other stuff we brought it from home. Middle school didn't have a playground, just a big field with a couple of baseball diamonds and eventually a running track. I just feel that at some point the priorities have gone way off track with education.
(going to put this in general parenting because I'm not sure there is really a debate here)
Answer by Rosehawk at 7:23 PM on Oct. 7, 2013
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