I have casually mentioned before how pleasantly surprised we’ve been with the new school LilZ is going to this year. We were expecting a downgrade because we put too much stock in things like reported test scores, but in reality? We have been so much happier at this school than the last, which is odd since we loved the last school so much. I’m embarrassed we judged a school by such a ridiculous metric.
One of the prime differences? Is between safety patrol at the two schools. At the end of fourth grade last year, LilZ was told that if he wanted to be on safety patrol in 5th grade, to go ahead and sign up. He pretty much said, “Not ‘NO’ but, ‘HELL NO’.” The safety patrol at his old school consisted of a bunch of 5th graders in orange sashes SCREAMING at other kids to A) Slow down, B) Stay single file C) Sit down on the benches D) Shut up. They did NOT do it nicely and the adult moderator encouraged them to be militant. I got yelled at several times for various reasons over the last four years. And let me tell you – getting yelled at by a 10 year-old makes you question whether or not it should be so “against the rules” to beat the crap out of other people’s children.
But at the NEW school? All the safety patrol kids do is stand and wave the parents through traffic. As each car stops, the kids help the students get OUT or get IN, depending on the time of day. They are polite, kind, and seem to be having a good time. There is no superiority complex or militant commands. It actually looks like fun. So, LilZ did the logical thing, and joined them this week.
He really likes doing it. Because he’s new, he gets shuffled around a lot, but he’s having a good time. So – between that and being elected to student council, LilZ has become more active at this school in 5 weeks than he did at the last school in FOUR YEARS. This has taught us the valuable lesson that schools in wealthier districts are not always better for your kid than schools in poorer districts..