> back to a different district in IL. A little consistency
> would have been helpful. Being a "military brat" isn't easy.
For the record, I hope no offense was taken with the use of the
term "military brat". I'm a wife of a retired military man, we
raised two "military brats", and I have taught on a military base.
I saw for myself that "a little consistency would have been
helpful", and, being a "military brat" (or spouse) is NOT easy. In
my first grade classroom on the base, I had kids who came from all
over: Florida, Japan, Guam, San Diego, Texas. I started with 23
students at the beginning of the year, and by the end of the
school year, I had 22. But only 7 of those had been with me all
Some of those kids were reading and writing when they came. One
didn't even know his alphabet, his numbers, or anything about
school. (He'd been to kindergarten but not sure what he learned
there, not even how to line up.) One turned 7 in September,
another didn't turn 5 until December 2nd. (The state school
required Aug 15th as the turn-5-to-enter Kinder date.) Common
Core of some sort would have been a good guideline, but as I said
earlier, I think they took it way too far.