>So, we went to meeting today at the KG introducing parents to the new school year. They did the usual talking about the school’s values, what they strive to teach, and their philosophy. They also went through the upgrades and renovations they have made and are making. Finally, after some time going through all of this she opened up the floor for questions. About the third question was one I found pretty telling. But first, let me set the stage for the question. Your choices as a parent at this school are to a) use the bus, b) pick your kids up immediately after class, or c) have them stay in a room with all the other kids whose parents are picking them up late (the Waiting Room).
We tried the waiting room for ONE day with ButterBean. She came home afterwards and crawled under a table refusing to come out… The next day we had her picked up by the ladies at the nursery the twins attended. But, that’s not to say it’s awful, she just hates crowds and noise. And the waiting room is a small long room FULL of kids. So, this year we tried the TwinBeans in the waiting room (not expecting a problem). JujuBean cried and refused to go back, JuniorBean had a great time. Now I pick up JujuBean immediately after class and leave JuniorBean to go to the Waiting Room (he thinks it’s more fun than his classroom). The Waiting Room is a long narrow room with a small table, some shelves, a tv/VCR, crayons and paper, and such. It’s bare and crowded. But, here’s the kicker, it’s free. That’s right, we don’t pay a penny.
Given the fact that we pay nothing, when my girls decided it wasn’t to their liking, I called it a day and made other arrangements. However, the third question of the day during the presentation was from a man who was complaining about the fact that the Waiting Room was crowded, old, and really not up to snuff. He went on and on about how it had a significant impact on the school’s attractiveness. Now, mind you, the majority (by far) of the kids ride the bus, so how significant this impact is, I couldn’t really say. But I do find it very funny that he was complaining about a free service he receives… in a public forum… at length. After the Director addressed his question, saying that she had begun looking at it this last week, he went on about how much of an issue it was. It was kind of funny. Now, no group of has a corner on this kind of behavior and I always find it just a bit funny. They say don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. This guy not only looked him in the mouth, he reached down his throat, and then said his teeth were ugly and his breath stinks. He’d better hope that horse doesn’t bite him :).