Out of the Mouths of Babes ~ School Issues

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I’m going to complain for a moment so bear with me…my irritation level is through the roof!
This conversation just happened with my oldest son who is in Kindergarten.
Barrett: “We got to watch Magic School Bus in PE at school!”
Me: ” Um, what? Did you do anything else like play games or run around?”
Barrett: “No, we just watched the show.”
Me: “…!”

I’m having a hard time understanding why a bunch of 5 and 6-year-olds are watching movies at school to begin with, NOT TO MENTION IN PE!
It’s called physical education for a reason! They are supposed to be doing physical activity, not sitting around watching TV!
I also need to mention that here in Idaho the kindergarten classes only go to school, at the max, 3 days a week! 2 days one week, 3 days the next week. It’s the most pathetic schedule I have ever seen. If you compare my son’s school district to any other states schools you will notice that he goes to school almost 100 days LESS than most children. Therefore, making them watch TV for the dinky little half hour window that they have for PE once a week is completely unacceptable.  They already make their recess and lunch hours extremely short and now this!
I feel like I should say something to the school district. How is this happening? Have public schools become so lazy that they won’t even enforce a PE curriculum. I mean for goodness sake, you could just let them run around chasing each other for 20 minutes if it’s too much of a hassle to actually do your job and plan an activity!
Alright, I’m done, I need to calm down and move on.
What would you do in this situation?

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3 Responses

  1. Lisa Lewis, MD

    I hear you! Once my son went to a Star Wars Camp for a week in the summer. Supposed to be activities…. the last day they had popcorn and watched a Star Wars movie!

    • Kylie

      See! These types of things are rediculous in my opinion. And especially for a camp that I can only imagine costs money to go to.

  2. Stephanie

    If I were you, I would ask the teacher about it – maybe something happened (like it was raining, or the activity they planned fell through). As parents, we have bad days, but somehow we hold teachers to a higher standard. I get super irritated when I find out I sent my kids to school to learn and all they did was watch a movie or something I don’t agree with (The last two weeks were devoted to testing!!), but I doubt I would do as well if we had to switch places! Also, my kids don’t always relay what they did completely accurately, like a game of telephone! They love to tell you what they think will peak your interest, but leave out important details, like the “why.”

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