Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Gift of Time................

I often used this phrase when discussing possible retention issues with parents of my students.  Concerns ranged from little ones identified as late bloomers in certain subject areas such as reading to an overall immaturity that could possibly impact successful completion of the following grade level.  My intention was to assist parents in accepting the additional time needed for their child to mature as a gift that they were bestowing upon him/her as opposed to an academic delay equating with punishment.  The debate goes on in public schools as to the validity of academic retention vs chronological promotion at any cost.  I don't know the answer and thankfully I don't have to make that all important call anymore.  I do know that the children (and there are less than a handful ) who were retained under my tutelage, had very positive experiences as a result of the decision.  In fact one young lady who repeated first grade with me and is now a married mother of one, maintains contact and expresses her appreciation for the "gift of time" I gave her.

These days, the gift of time concept has a completely different meaning for me.  Two years ago, after much soul searching and debate, my husband agreed to bestow such a gift on me by supporting my early retirement and subsequent new career as an artist.  I so appreciate his understanding of my need to do this for myself.  I gave public education 32 years of my life, dedicating long hours, personal monies, and total commitment to the cause of educating our young people.  In addition, I raised two beautiful young men and am now an empty nester.  This is my time and I hope to spend it wisely as well as creatively.  The above piece is dedicated to my husband for his complete support..............................
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