This week has been lots of fun at school for MK. They watch movies, they go to the park, the kids get to hang out with each other, the teachers get to spend some relaxed time chatting with their students -- it's a good time for all. And at this time of year teachers decide to see the best in the kids that they are saying goodbye to. They give them praise and encouragement for next year. There are gifts and cards. It's an incredible community-building experience.
I have just one question: why do they do this at the end of the year, rather than at the beginning of the year?
Imagine how it would be if, in September, instead of laying out strict rules about how binders and desks are to be maintained and subjecting the kids to all kinds of tests, they took the class to the park. Imagine if they started the year by talking about what was right with the kids, instead of trying to identify what is wrong. Imagine if the first thing they did in the school year was let the kids have fun with each other and the teachers.
Ah well, it doesn't hurt to dream.