My younger two, Tali and Orli, attend the local Ulpana (girl's high school) here in Modi'in. Both of them are happy there, have lots of friends and are even learning a bit.
But this drives me insane.
Now, I think school uniforms are fine. Certainly makes a mother's life easier and theoretically should cut down on the clothing budget.
The local ulpana's school uniform is a baseball jersey that comes in a variety of lovely and gruesome color combos with the school logo on the front and something else on the back of the shirt. It's not particularly flattering, but that probably is the point.
As you can imagine the girls just love wearing that uniform. Meaning they do everything they can to get out of it.
I insist they wear it, but I am met with resistance from....the ulpana itself.
As soon as the winter comes (which means, here in Modi'in you may need to don a light sweater), the kids are no longer required to wear them, because it's cold and they're wearing sweatshirts anyway.
Also, some teachers (like Orli's) are very strict about the uniform and others (like Tali's) aren't.
Finally, if you are tiny, big, skinny, fat, tall or short you may be excused from wearing the uniform because the shirt may not fit properly (which is such a load of...).
So I argue all the time with the kids about putting on their uniform and then drop them off at school listening to them say, "you see how many kids don't wear it".
When I ran into Orli's teacher the other day, she complained about Orli's lack of consistency. And I in turn complained about the school's lack of consistency (and felt much better after I did so, I might add). The teacher seemed just as frustrated as I was--because she knows she is strict about this and doesn't have the back-up of the school.
I mean if you have a rule, stick to it.
Which is what I'm doing now. Everyone wears their uniform, whether their teacher cares or not.
It's fun times in the morning here at Casa Baila.
Warning: Ramblings Ahead
4 months ago