本周起，Oscar 固定星期二、三在學校過夜，往寄宿生活逐漸邁進；這表示，我們有三個早上是必須自己走路到學校。原本固定每天順道來接送我們的 Kim 似乎覺得很不好意思，但其實我們搬家前，天天都是走路上學、走路回家，沒太大差別；而且雖然是如家人般的朋友，那份溫情、好意也不可以視為理所當然。
From this week on, Oscar will be sleeping-in every Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning Beam and I will have to walk again. It’s fine. I quite like it, though Beam might complain once in a while about how walking makes her legs tired.
She unfortunately has a cold-blooded mummy who always responds, “Then let’s chop off the legs?”
“NO!! You’re annoying sometimes!” She would protest fiercely.
But most of the time, we do enjoy the journey as we have so much to see: Colourful flowers, fluffy clouds, scary spiders, fuzzy dogs, laid-back cats… This is the life!
This term, we have to report to school by 9 am, instead of 9.30 am, due to the OFSTED visits this Tuesday and Wednesday. Summerhill is an unconventional school, meaning not everyone likes its existence (even if they don’t understand Summerhill at all) as it challenges their point of view on education and child-rearing. OFSTED is not always friendly with Summerhill.
On Tuesday night, before lights-out, Beam suddenly said to me, “I don’t like the inspectors. I hope they go away soon! Just because they want to visit Summerhill, we have to go to school earlier.”
Well, in my house, sleep is very important. I believe that Beam’s one of the few kids who have never been deprived of that unless we need to ctach a flight and the like. And I’m sure this explains her stable personality at such young age. After all, sufficient sleep plays a key role in a child’s developement, both physical and mental.
She was obviously upset, “Who gave them the right to shut down our school? How would they feel if someone did the same to what they loved? They are bad!!” Once is not enough. She fired the same words twice.
She’s right. Who are we to think that we’re entitled to rip our children off their childhood, making them lifeless robots? A lot of people regard Summerhill as some lunatic, just because we believe in kids’ individuality and most of all, they are living things like us adults, so we have equal rights. How ridiculous!
Never ever underestimate your children’s abilities to come to healthy decisions on their own. Meanwhile, do some introspection to fix your craving for dictatorship for God’s sake.