Would anyone like to join my new initiative? It's called Parents Against School Projects. Okay, maybe it needs a catchier name, but we can work on that.
Please don't misunderstand: I want my kids to be smart, collegebound, successful youth just like the next parent. But does my hundredth trip to the craft store and countless hours gluing, painting and arguing secure my child a place at Harvard?
I realize learning takes place in many levels of the brain. I read and studied Howard Gardner's book Frames of Mind, which explains and validates multiple intelligences. I'm all for spatial understanding and hands-on learning. But where is the fine line between helping your child and doing it for him/her so s/he gets an A?
Maybe if we all join forces and boycott school projects, we can change the overachieving expectations of American parenthood! Let's throw down our scissors and glue and say "No more projects!"
Who's with me?!!