Last year I came home from high school Open House venting and snarling that I was tired of educating the educators.
This year was so, so different! I came home feeling really good about my son's teachers. Amigo, age 17, blind, Asperger's syndrome, is a high-maintenance student. His teachers (well, the good ones) work hard. This year he has good people teaching him. That is so HUGE I think I need to say it again.
This year Amigo has good people teaching him.
I mentioned to the choir teacher that he doesn't mind singing in front of the group. She laughed. "Mind? He thrives on it!" She knows him, recognizes his talents, and brings out the best in him - during the first period of the day. His Music Appreciation teacher made me smile, too. "He said he'd like to learn some theory or music history, and he's interested in learning to play guitar and harmonica. The other kids were asking if they could just play on the computers."
Amigo also has U.S. History, with a long-term sub who believes kids learn to appreciate history by hearing the stories that make it come alive. The seven minute period with him made me want to retake American History just to enjoy hearing this man talk. Amigo, the great listener, will learn a great deal and enjoy every minute of it.
We pushed for the opportunity to take Foods, a class formerly known as Home Economics. This is a life skill, a chance to cook and cooperate with a group. He might even learn about nutrition! Don't tell him; he thinks he's having fun.
He's been set up for success. Now it's up to him, and that's exactly the way I like to see it. Now that all the pieces of the school schedule puzzle are in place, he can make it what he will, and I do believe he'll make it.