Why Is It So Hard to Volunteer at My Kids' School?
By Martial Arts Mommy Archive on October 25, 2012
Have you tried to volunteer at your child's school in the past few years? Have you run into a number of roadblocks? Have you had to attend training and get a background check? Me too. And while I understand that, it bothers me; no, it saddens me. I just want to help, like Jenn at Martial Arts Mommy Archive, but she's feeling kind of bummed out by it all.
I have run into the same problems and have thought the same things:
Today I attended the first training session of the Learning Leaders program which my child's school requires to be a volunteer. At the beginning of the session we all went around and introduced ourselves and everyone said the same things. I want to be helpful to the teachers. Class sizes are so big. I want to be more involved in the school community. I want to HELP.
I am not against the program, rather, I think it is a very good one. But I am against the need for such a program to begin with. What ever happened to "Hello child's teacher. I am free most mornings, do you need any help in the classroom?"
What happened is frivolous lawsuits. What happened is Jerry Sandusky. What happened is a news media that makes it sound like children are being abducted from street corners and schoolyards every five minutes. Fear sells. And school administrators are buying it.
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