Thursday, July 24, 2008

When is a child school-aged?

My post about my preschooler and how her "Mama Drama" slays me is up at Shine, and has sparked the beginning of what could be a very interesting discussion about education.

One commenter writes, "Wouldn't it be easier to stay with your toddler and give her compassion and love from her mom, rather than drop her off with a stranger? Try being a Stay at Home Mom."

While it's interesting to note from her own blog that she a.) works outside the home and b.) is not a parent and says she never wants to have children and c.) is a teacher herself, her comment did make me wonder... if dropping your child "off with a stranger" for her education is such a bad thing, why aren't more stay-at-home-moms homeschooling their kids? Why is formal education (taught by well-qualified, certified, experienced "strangers") acceptable for a 5-year-old in Kindergarten but not a 4-year-old in preschool?

So, at what age is it OK for a child to go to school? And when does "Mama Drama" stop being considered indicitive of something the mother is doing wrong and start being something the a person -- the mother or the child -- just has to manage?

What do you think?

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