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One hand in our pockets and the other in our piggy banks...

I thought you guys might enjoy a break from the lists... A short intermission, anyway, seeing as I'm likely to be back this afternoon with more listing...

Term four is around the corner, and with that, we've just received the notices from school about the swimming course that the junior school does towards the end of fourth term each year... In previous years this has been a non-compulsory activity, spanning two weeks, during which the children attend 2 hours of swimming "lessons" four days a week. These "lessons" cost about $80 per child.

Note that I keep putting "lessons" in inverted commas, LOL. The reason I've done this is that there seems to be no real benchmark for achieve for these "lessons". Now when we were kids, these swimming lessons at school led to some sort of achievement certificate or "medal" that reflected the child's level of achievement at the end of the course. Now, Dave and I are not particularly "outcomes orientated", however, if we're going to be paying $160 for swimming lessons in the two months before Christmas, we wanted to at least be able to assume that the children will be LEARNING TO SWIM!!!

Doesn't that sound reasonable?

Last year, over 16 hours of instruction Erik and Luey learned to dog paddle. We paid $160 for them to learn to do what most 6 months old do naturally anyway. During this time, Erik and Luey were both "benched" on one action each (at least) for behaving irresponsibly around the pool. So, then we paid for them to sit and watch the other kids swim for two hours...

So, we decided that this year we'd opt out of the swimming "lessons" save our money and teach them ourselves, LOL.

Anyway, so Dave reads the notice, and the wording is slightly different this year...

It seems the swimming lessons are now considered "part of the school curriculum" and that all children are "expected to participate"...

Hmmm, good-o, so if it's part of the curriculum, we should have to pay for it seperately, isn't that right? And they'd have to be able to tick some box at the end to show that our children have, indeed, achieve some new level of swimming ability...

You'd think...

If the school is going to have their hands in our pockets all the time, then they should be able to account for the cost of things they "require" us to pay for...

You'd think...

Public Education, people...

Comments

Nic said…
Oh grrrrr how annoying. We've decided to teach the kids ourselves too. Id just refuse to send them if I were you lol
Sif said…
Yep, Dave is planning on giving them a piece of his mind, rofl. And they thought I was the hard nosed one, haha!
Amanda O. said…
I get that there is a push for every child to learn to swim as it can be a lifesaving skill but if it's part of the curriculum and presumably then 'manditory' (or at least strongly suggested unless you want your child the one with a 'difficult' parent and the only one left out rather like they do with the RE in some places - peer pressure much?) having to shell out $160 esp in a public school seems rather a bit much! I have to imagine for some parents this came as a rather rude surprise and a nice chunk out of their budgets so hopefully there will be a few other people having some pointed questions for them too. :-?

Be interesting to hear what they say... public schools here seem so much more expensive than in the US!

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