Friday, May 15, 2009

What would you do?

AH! I've had this post sitting in draft for about a month now, but when I came back to finish it I see that almost half of what I wrote is gone. I've recreated part of the post, but I know that I can't remember a lot of it, so if it seems jumbled I am sorry.

There is something that I have been mulling over in my head for a while and I just need to write it down and think about it some more.

Around the middle of February Impact co-op was registering children for their Spring classes. I saw that they have a Nursery class, infants to 2 years-old the preschool class doesn't start until 3 years-old. This class doesn't cost any money, unlike the preschool class. I volunteered to help in this class, to watch and make sure Jasmine was okay with the class, but to also meet other parents who were going to/are homeschooling there children. I got this e-mail in reply...

"You signed up Jasmine for the nursery on Wednesdays at the co-op. I am sorry to tell you that we do not open nursery up for families that do not have other children taking classes at the co-op. This is available strictly as a convenience for our families while their older children are in classes.

However, we will be more than happy to see you in a couple of years when Jasmine reaches preschool/kindergarten age."

The wording of this sentence really bothers me, "This is available strictly as a convenience for our families while their older children are in classes."

It bothers me because it implies that we, me, Jasmine and my husband, are not a homeschooling family because Jasmine is not old enough to go to the co-op's preschool. I hate that. I hate that I am dismissed from homeschooling in this woman's mind as a homeschooler because Jasmine is not old enough for me to have to worry about filling out a letter of intent to homeschool.

Honestly? It makes me not want to spend any money at Impact co-op. Eagle co-op is closer to us and so far, has been much more friendly to us. I hope someone who does attend Impact co-op sees this and mentions it to the woman who wrote the e-mail. If she sees it, I hope that she actually thinks about what she is writing.

The wording really irritates me, but am I putting way too much thought into this? What are your honest opinions please?

Just a note, your opinions won't change what I do, my thinking maybe, and I have been reading a lot of articles on discrimination, which may be effecting my thinking.

3 comments:

jugglingpaynes said...

That seemed rather silly. They are ignoring future students. It would have been better to say that they give preference to children with older siblings in their programs. Maybe put you on a waiting list. Luckily you have another co-op so that this one was not your only option. How did this story end?

BTW, thank you for your comment on my blog! I know it was a while ago. May kind of slipped right out from under me!

Peace and Laughter,
Cristina

Crescent Moon said...

WOW! I haven't checked your blog in a long time. I really like your layout!

That's too bad about the co-op. We never did go through with finding a homeschool group for my son, although we should.

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

I'm so late on this and you've probably moved on, but I would say...go with your gut. There's a reason that's irritating you and it's a good indicator of what's to come. Although sometimes tone in an email can be misinterpreted. Do let us know how it turned out.

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