W woke up yesterday morning fever and chill free and neither has been back since. He's still a little sniffy, though. Today's trip was a waste of time. The teachers wrote that it was a live show about animals and their habitats. It turned out to be a 5-person play based on The Jungle Book. It was very odd and the kids really didn't get it. A small accessory added to their black attire was the clue that now they were a different character. Ok. Getting to this place was totaly chaos. First the kids had to have breakfast. This took forever. then back to the classroom to get on coats. This took forever. Then they lined up, went outside, and got on the bus. This took forever. Then we find that half the seat belts on the bus were broken. We had to shuffle the kids around to the seats with the working belts and buckle them in tightly. This took forever. We get there and the show starts right as the last one of us gets seated (there must have been 10 different schools there and we were last). The show was about 35 minutes. Then we get the kids' coats back on and zipped. This took forever. Then back onto the bus, by crossing a huge scary street and finding those seats with the good belts. What the hell was the point of this ordeal?
The teacher seemed proud that we went, saying that a lot of kids never get to go to things like this. I had an epiphany at that moment. The whole meaning and purpose of public school became clear. There are kids in the world who don't eat regular meals, don't get to see museums or live theater, don't have attentive parents, aren't provided with opportunities and resources, don't have anyone to watch them while their parent(s) work, and don't get to go out of their homes much. I see how school can be beneficial for kids with those circumstances. I feel very lucky to be able to give my kids all of the aforementioned and more - without having to rely on a government institution to do so for me.
B told me that he's been talking to people at work about our unschooling. He tells them how great it is, how J makes connections, and how cool "strewing" is. WTG, B!!!! MIL watched J today while I was on the "trip" with W and after she asked B 4 times about how much work J is supposed to be doing, he said, "She can do as much as she wants, Ma". I think B has finally gotten it. :D