Friday, January 19, 2007

Don't be a fool - stay in school!

NewFNP loves school. She wishes that she could forever just go to school. The life of a student - a grad student that is - is one which suits newFNP to a T. Some classes, some studying/snacking/coffee at a local coffee house with her pals, some hitting the awesome 7-story gym provided to her by her educational institution, some thinking, contemplating, practicing, reading... you get the picture.

Now newFNP knows that high, middle and primary schools are not as much fun as grad school, yet they are probably more important because they are a platform, a springboard if you will, to bigger and better things.

Thus, newFNP's newest pet peeve: parents who are not teaching their kids to value school. It's always been an issue for newFNP, but this past week has been the worst. Take you kid to school, take their fucking TV out of their room if their grades are in the pooper and don't pull them out of school for 2 months to go visit relatives in another country. NewFNP just read an article in The New Yorker about parents pulling their kids out of an urban high school in Denver in order to take them to dry wall jobs. To newFNP, that is unconscionable.

Lest anyone think that newFNP was a child of privilege, let newFNP assure you that that is not the case. NewFNP's family simply taught newFNP's generation that we would be successful in education and life. The strategy worked.

NewFNP is not insensitive to the fact that people need to pay the rent. But here, in newFNP's frigging expensive city, if you don't want to live paycheck to paycheck, you had better get an education and a good job.

So go to frigging school!


Anonymous said...

Sister fnp - you are surely preaching to the choir when you emphasize the importance of a good education. However, I (an np in a clinical setting similar to yours) have a hard time promoting school to the adolescent members of my patient population, particularly those members of color. I believe that intermediate and high schools systemically discourage children of color from excelling and achieving academically. We're all aware of how many young, black men there are in jail, right?
I think it's great to be self sufficient, finanically astute and savvy about health care in order to be successful in life. I also believe that it's important to read and write well, but I don't think schools are always the best place for that to happen.

BostonFNP said...

Hi Darlin'- Couldn't agree more. The sad part is that I used to go to that high school in Denver that they are closing down... took my SATs there, had lots of volleyball games there. My biggest problem in Boston is getting kids not to do drugs in the bathroom while at school. Makes you feel like requesting that they stay OUT for a few days in order to protect their health... XOXO, Boston FNP

Anonymous said...

Word is out you get to back to school NewFNP, fairly soon it looks like we are going to need the DNP. Not that we have time (or money!), but it is a comin'.....

that big girl said...

my interest is def. piqued to read the new yorker piece. Sounds like there is some heavy class/SE status underlying content there.

they've done a really nice series of radio spots in north carolina recently about the logistics of actually going to college - and while I am super leery of trying to pigeonhole kids in the 8th grade into college tracks and the like, it seems that is the time when families and kids need to be getting on the bus to college.

Labor Nurse said...

This is my second attempt at a comment... cyberspace ate the first.

I also find that our fellow ARNP's don't value education either. I am getting lots of NO's along with the flat out IGNORE to my requests for clinical placements. Any advice?

BostonFNP, can I go with you???? Please????

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