Well, this is getting exciting. First I thought we were only going to have one option for preschool for August this fall : the Catholic preschool down the street. Not that it’s a bad option, it’s just that I’m not really all that comfortable with him coming home singing about God, and potentially telling me that the Jews killed Jesus come Easter time. So, I kept looking. Brent suggested I call the Jewish Community Center, and I did assuming they would have no space (it has a REALLY good rep). They do have space. We’re going to visit it next week, but it’s kind of the same problem as the Catholic preschool, though. It’s not that I don’t want August to learn about religion, because I do, I just don’t want his education to come from someone who is already biased. He’ll get all the bias’ he needs from us.
After this I felt recharged to find him a preschool that would fit what we’re looking for without a religious slant. I’ve now found five other schools with space for him! So exciting! I thought we’d have no options and now we have seven, thus far. Tonight we went to go visit another preschool in our neighborhood. They had a TV in one room and a computer in another. When I asked the director about the TV her response was, “Whenever we have two weeks that go by with bad weather, we watch ‘educational videos’ for twenty minutes.” When I looked at their “educational videos” they were far from what I would call educational. As an example, they didn’t even have a Sesame Street video. It was all Thomas the Train type stuff – sorry, not educational. When I asked her about what they do on the computer her response was “They play video games when we have bad weather.” My next obviously question was “How many times this year have they watched TV?” Her answer, “Four times in four months.” Nice, once a month.
So, let me see if I’ve got this straight? I’m going to pay someone $55/day to let my child watch TV when I don’t even let him do it at home? Don’t think so. Our journey continues…two down, five to go.