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School starts for one kid, finally... [Aug. 13th, 2008|10:11 am]
Verminius Rex
Pari started her first day of first grade today. I walked her to school rather than the usual driving, it's only a 12 minute walk and I figured there may be more cars than usual. The traffic actually didn't look bad, but it also gave me the opportunity to walk her in, and follow the guide to her new classroom so I could both know the location of her class and get a quick visual of the teacher. I've seen her in passing before from school events, seems nice. We'll see her at a parent/teacher conference sometime soon.

Kiyan and I ran a few errands together, mostly swinging by KU campus to get something notarized for his preschool (Sister works at the bank, so I can do a quick visit while her coworker signs and stamps the paper). I also ran through the bookstore, which made me realize my supply of KU tshirts, once numbering in the dozens when I worked at a screenprinters, has dwindled to pretty much nothing. At some point I'll find a shirt I like on sale and have the token alumni shirt in the rotation.

I did forget to pay the fees for school. Ironic, paying fees for public school. But considering it's $112 for the year I won't complain, especially for a good school. A friend was joking that she was also paying for public school even if she didn't have kids. I said she was paying for the kids to have something to do rather than wander around causing mischief all day, much like paying into social security is so that our parents are less likely to have to come and live with us as they get older.

The literature said don't try to pay on the first day of school, since everyone is busy getting people to where they belong. I asked the faculty and they said anytime tomorrow was fine, and I know they'll still be trying to pull in fees from people for a couple of months.
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[User Picture]From: silverfae
2008-08-13 06:58 pm (UTC)
A friend was joking that she was also paying for public school even if she didn't have kids. I said she was paying for the kids to have something to do rather than wander around causing mischief all day,

I'm with the friend here. Kids who are wandering around causing mischief need parents, not tax dollars, and keeping kids occupied is part of the responsiblity/joy of having them. Thankfully there are good parents like you two, wish there were more in this world.
I don't mind paying social security, my parents took care of me, I should take care of them. But I do bristle a bit at being expected to pay more and more property taxes to take care of something that I had nothing to do with, and choose not to participate in.
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[User Picture]From: geekmom
2008-08-13 07:55 pm (UTC)
Having a well educated society benefits everyone, whether they're parents or not. Even that grocery store employee bagging your groceries needed to learn how to read somewhere.
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[User Picture]From: silverfae
2008-08-13 09:39 pm (UTC)
I don't have issues with a well-educated society at all, and as far as learning to read, my mother took care of that before I was in first grade.

But I DO have issues with funding additional high school playing fields, stadiums and raises for administrators, because of "overcrowding" in the schools.

I will gladly take the mil levy and put it toward the T, as I also believe strongly in public transport (hey, it helps keep those lil buggers off the streets, and with less usage of fuel and energy!). I just get angered by so many "add-ons" to local issues being sold to us "because of the children".

Yah, it's a hot-button issue for me, I admit.
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[User Picture]From: geekmom
2008-08-14 02:10 am (UTC)
Your mother was more awesome than I am. My daughter still doesn't know how to read, and isn't for lack of trying.

I'd rather cut out the tax breaks for big box developers, though. That's my beef. When they claim that they're "creating jobs" with those things. Yeah, right. You're creating dead-end, no benny, low wage crap jobs, and the money doesn't even stay in Lawrence.
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[User Picture]From: silverfae
2008-08-14 02:32 am (UTC)
Aww thanks... mum was amazing, yes. I think a lot of it was just a great aptitude in a little kid as well. I wanted to read because it gave me a way to be away from others (nose-in-a-book, that was me).
All of us have different talents and I know that although my ex-partner R's daughter hated reading and refused to learn, (she much preferred the interaction of being read to), she finally caught on later in school and then loved it. Pari has so many other interesting aptitudes, I'd rather see her differences than being an early reader.

Sooo with you on the Big Box, as well as Crappy manufacturing jobs. Make them pay a Living Wage in order to qualify for tax breaks as well as provide health insurance and child care, that I can get behind also. I would also gladly give extra taxes to health care for anyone who can't afford insurance.

But maybe on some issues, we're in the choir, preaching to each other, eh? :)


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[User Picture]From: gryphonrose
2008-08-14 12:26 am (UTC)
Very cool that she's in first grade! Congrats!
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