Today my daughter, our youngest, graduates from the neighborhood public high school. With her graduation, we will have completed twenty years of public education--from our first child to the last.
My daughter plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall and major in history and secondary education. She'll enter college with at least fifteen credits. In her junior year of high school she took a Teacher's Cadet course that UNC will take for six credits. In the Teacher Cadet class she had a semester of learning about the different age levels, observing in a preschool, elementary school, and middle school and learning instructional methods. She also assisted a teacher for an entire semester, which was an invaluable experience. Many of the TC students found out they didn't want to be teachers, by taking the course. My daughter became even more convinced she'd selected the profession that best suits her.
For one of our twenty years of experience in public education we used the neighborhood school we were zoned for. The rest of the time the kids have either choice enrolled into a school, enrolled into a Gifted/Talented class after completing an examination or attended a charter school. Two graduated from area high schools and two graduated from Jefferson Academy. We've had the entire gamut of experiences.
Inherent to our daughter's graduation today is the imminent "empty nest syndrome." I'm fortunate that our adult children choose to spend time with us and we stay in close touch with each of them. But even so, I'm sure my friends at the charter schools in Greeley will be seeing more of me in the fall!