After much thought and agonizing, I decided to switch schools on Veeka, sending her to a place where she will learn a “classical” curriculum made famous by Dorothy Sayers’ essay “The Lost Tools of Learning.” The big new trend now is for kids to go to these classical schools where the focus is much more on memorization and reading classical texts and – for kindergarteners – learning the histories of ancient Egypt and Rome.
Will say there was some sticker shock involved in nearly $500 in registration, books and equipment fees that I was not aware of when I first approached the school. This was a serious hit to the pocketbook, being that as of Sept. 1 (tomorrow), it will have been three months since I was laid off. Only today was there a story on how the paper was sold back to Rev. Moon for $1 after one of his sons made a mash of managing it. Who knows whether all of us will be offered our jobs back or not; the lucky ones have moved on whereas the rest of us gallantly freelance for not much more than pennies! Things need to change soon on the job front or Veeka may end up leaving her lovely classical school and going to public kindergarten – a sad possibility I’m hoping to avoid.