I have started this blog post over and over, it’s a complicated one I know some of our readers are very interested in, and it’s rather interesting for us too, but more difficult to explain on a blog than in person, it’s a long haul story after all.
I have officially withdrew the kids from school. I would love to say it was a difficult, long thought out decision, but honestly, it wasn’t. One day I tweeted “Some days I don’t know why I bring my kids into that building” Not too long after I asked my self… wait, should I keep bringing them there everyday? I didn’t think about it a long time before I realized NO, of course I shouldn’t! I could have fought and had multiple meetings, and assessments, and if my kids were staying here permanently, or even longer I would have done that in a heart beat, but they aren’t, so I didn’t. I have stressed that my kids did not fail at this experience, the school system failed them, and I stress again, WE COULD HAVE DONE MORE, but taking off one extra month of school until returning to Canada seemed like a much easier choice, and a better one.
My kids started off school in France with high hopes, open hearts and kind souls, it didn’t take long until the french school system crushed all of that. My kids were being bullied, on a daily basis, and I want nothing more than to say it was from only the other children, but I will never be ok with how the teachers treated my kids, the worst teacher we’ve ever had in Canada seems like a total angel here. I had paths in front of me that included lawyers, psychiatrists, educations boards, etc. or on the other side, travel, hands on experience and true quality time together. Easy choice once it’s presented that way, right? Right. We’ll still be debriefing with psychologists back in Canada, not because the kids suffered any amazing amount of trauma (I think) but because I think it will do them both good to talk about their experience with an impartial person, because I love to normalize counselling, and because we have a ton of coverage for it before the new school year starts, so why not?
So, that’s that. We had enough of the French school system, or perhaps, the specific school my kids were assigned to. Now, them being out of school has it’s pros and cons, language learning was a major reason we were there in the first place, The kids being out of school actually did change our budget quite a bit, and we get to spend some amazing time exploring Provence.
C’est la vie! This entire trip was meant to take us out of our comfort zone, and here we are, giggling, travelling, and being uncomfortable.