After at least eight months deprived of social interaction, I am now the center of my universe! I am in here alone, with the exception of my new best friends at Publix and random people in their parking lot. I have thought every thought, pondered every pond and have come to the conclusion that I am bored.
If I am bored, and know better than to be the only person in my universe, what about the kids also affected by this isolation? Have they become the center of their parent’s world? Is this healthy emotionally? I would guess not as that is way too much pressure. Have they forgotten that everyone gets a turn; sharing is valued; and having friends teaches you much about getting along in this world?
Perhaps, from three to five every afternoon, the school play grounds could be an outdoor gathering place for all kids. They need to get back to being kids. The cost of a yard-guard every day in the play ground, for $12 an hour, for 180 days, is not impossible. Surely there is a way to garner that money from savings on closed buildings: no heat, electric, AC, supplies, etc. Or, with the help of happy parents and grandparents, I believe this money is out there to reward kids.
At three o’clock, as kids are let out of school, they should not be loaded with books and homework assignments. I am not sure this busy work was ever really that advantageous but for right now there should be a moratorium for eight months. Instead of the teacher reminding kids to take home their social studies homework, a burden on kids and parents, teachers should encourage kids not to forget their footballs, jump ropes, or finding their best friends. Kids should be encouraged to go outside and play. Yes. Play. Go out. Have fun. Climb a tree; glide through the air on a swing, punch a ball, run, play tag. Laugh. Have secrets. Find your best friend again.
If schools adopted a mantra, Have Fun Not Homework, I am sure both kids and parents will thank you.