Sam was playing with another little boy in the laundry room. The boy’s father asked me if Sam is in preschool and I said no. He asked if he’d be going when he turns three and I said I didn’t know yet (no sense in hitting strangers with the schooling philosophy whammy). And then he sort of scolded me, because “school is important so kids can play with other kids.” Um, you mean like they are doing right now? God I hate everyone.

14 thoughts on “ARGH, WHY?

  1. Amy

    November 5, 2008 at 7:20pm

    School is very important so that children can learn to socialize with other children born within the same 12-month period and maybe several adults who they will come to recognize as authority figures and nothing else.

    If you don’t do this for him, how will he ever learn how real-world society works?

  2. B

    November 5, 2008 at 7:28pm

    I got asked that question just yesterday. I deflected it with
    “I doubt it. I’m enjoying my time with her too much to start that yet.” And that of course led to having to hear about how they all grow too fast but at least I didn’t have to hear BS about how necessary “school” is for someone just 3 years out of the womb. Idiots.

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  3. Mary

    November 5, 2008 at 7:38pm

    Yes, the fishbowl-like atmosphere of school is a must! That is the only place on Earth that your child can meet and interact with other children. Before public schools were invented (The Middle Ages, I believe) kids didn’t meet any other children. It was very sad times.

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  4. Katherine

    November 5, 2008 at 8:42pm

    I liked preschool. It was a co-op. I was the youngest. I was four. Sam is two. Are two-year-olds really going to preschool? Is it a part of the daycare-industrial complex?

    Good grief.

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  5. Annika

    November 5, 2008 at 9:07pm

    Preschool starts at two and a half now. It completely freaks me out.

  6. Jess

    November 5, 2008 at 10:16pm

    Ugh, I hate the socialization argument for schooling. Yeah, sure, if you keep your kids in a hermetically-sealed environment and only allow them to encounter people with the same values as you, they will become fucked up. But isn’t it offensive to assume that of someone you just met? When they say they don’t know whether they plan to send their kid to pre-school? At fucking 2 years old?


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  7. Amy

    November 5, 2008 at 10:41pm

    Annika – FALSE! Around here your child can be in preschool in as little as one year.

  8. Kjrstn

    November 6, 2008 at 7:10am

    I love school, and would go back forever if it weren’t for the Financial Aid departments of universities and colleges around this country. They make the whole experience so distressing. However, university is not the point of this conversation.

    I don’t know, maybe I’d feel more normal if I’d gone to school straight out of the womb. Possibly not though.

    After all, I never get tired of people being shocked that I didn’t attend kindergarten and only started school with the first grade.

  9. Rachel Cohen

    November 6, 2008 at 9:33pm

    So, next year, when all the other kids are in preschool, and Sam is still hanging around with Mom, are you just going to tell the truth that you can’t afford it?

  10. Annika

    November 6, 2008 at 10:20pm

    Hmm, you say that like it would be something to be ashamed of.

  11. B

    November 7, 2008 at 6:39am

    (Ahem, preschool is free where I live and I’m STILL not planning to send my same-age-as-Sam daughter next year…)

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  12. courtney

    November 7, 2008 at 3:41pm

    LAME of that guy. I never went to preschool. I have no regrets. Neither does my mom! Woot.

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