I am going back to middle school.
My twins begin sixth grade Monday, going to the same middle school that my older two children attended.
I found middle school the weak link in my children’s k-12 education, which opened with a fantastic elementary school and concluded with a strong high school experience.
Middle school was another story, in part because their school went through a series of principals in six years, each bringing a short-lived flurry of changes that destabilized the school and the teachers.
The school boasted some wonderful teachers, but the overall experience was a disappointment and the atmosphere off putting.
Parents often felt they were entering a prison under lock down when they visited the school during the day, half expecting to be checked for contraband themselves.
I know that many people argue that middle school is of small importance because