No child left behind
no child out in front.
No funding for music or art
when the bottom lines
are always placed upon the straight lines
of math and reading,
sprinkled with a smidgen of history and civics.
Don’t get me wrong.
I am not opposed to math or reading.
But it always seems that after math and reading,
competitive sports get a financial handout
and the arts are left trailing behind, dead last.
No child left behind,
unless of course,
they choose a violin over a calculator,
a guitar over the Encyclopedia Britannica.
A football or basketball is a safer bet
if you don’t want your child left behind.
I home schooled my child these past five years,
and she chose to study horses and photography.
She read law books and philosophy, world history,
mythology, the earth sciences and oceanography,
studied (reluctantly) algebra and geometry,
read veterinary texts since the tender age of 12.
She is now a fulltime apprentice,
studying to be a professional horse trainer,
and will soon turn age 17.
And she has had some of her horse photos
published in a national magazine.
She actively uses her brain each day,
makes decisions, and accepts responsibility
for the outcome of her actions.
What more could anyone ask for?
She did not get left behind in public school,
she was removed.
And that put her ahead.
Oddly enough, I worked in the public school system for 8 years, and still am supportive of it, as it is the only viable option for most parents. But don't let anyone fool you that funding the public schools "No Child Left Behind" scenario is the only answer.