Readers Respond About Your Own Experiences In the Schools
The readers of School Psychologist Blog Files were asked in February to share their own experiences and to vote on a poll “How do you feel about the level of education the school provides your child.” It’s important to understand that everyone’s experience is unique. The readers come from different states, different school systems, and different grade levels. Laws and standards vary somewhat between states. Within any state, there are schools that do a better job suiting the needs of children than others. Within any school system, there are those star schools, and the schools that need more attention. Even within the best schools, there are still going to be individuals who have negative experiences. Within the worst schools, there will be those who have positive experiences. Regardless of your school or your situation, I believe that the readers of this blog care deeply about their child’s education and have strong emotions about the education (positive or negative.)
The most popular response was “I generally feel good about the level of education, but have some complaints.” I was glad to see that many of you are mostly satisfied. I hope that continues throughout your children’s school career. Stay involved, speak up when needed, and compliment those who deserve it.
There was a strong outcry from those who endorsed “I feel as if the school is not supportive and I feel as though I am constantly fighting for his or her rights.” This was the second most popular answer. While many feel comfortable with their schools, there are many parents out there who have the unsettling feeling of sending their child to a place they do not feel good about. Many of the readers are feeling that getting appropriate services only comes with a fight. Some of you are not having good experiences. I hope that you are able to find some support and insight here from others.
A few of you feel very thankful for the high level of education that your child is receiving. I am thankful to hear that some of the parents here feel exceptionally good about their child’s school. Know this is a blessing that many others do not have.
Feel free to share your comments about experiences and offer some insight to others who may have similar experiences.