Sitting on her sofa with a conviction of choice, she began recounting why Catholic School was her daughter’s only option. She explained, “My daughter attended Catholic School from pre-K up to high school and later some college. We did not have much of a choice she was a slow developer, with two strikes against her: the first being black, the second being female”.
What I knew
“I never had a good education and I wanted something better for her. I had to give her every opportunity to succeed and what better place but in a Catholic setting. I am Catholic and knew all there was to know about Catholic School options. I knew nothing about private schools offered in Brooklyn. So, I went with what I knew without the security that it was the right choice”.
There are times when it is difficult to make the correct educational choice for your child. But when your choices are removed and only one option becomes available you hop on board as if it is the last train to leave the station. Eavesdrop on this parent’s conversation, who at the time was irresolute with her academic choice.
An early arrival
Her arrival was not planned and coupled with this surprised conception were complications at birth. She was a preemie who required a blood transfusion and incubation for several weeks. At the time of birth her blood was poisonous hence a blood transfusion was a critical part of her survival. “I took her home at 3 pounds. She looked like a rat”. Her complications at birth resulted in slower than normal development.
“I knew she was slow at the age of 2. Her physical development, and motor skills were way below average. At the age of 2, her teeth was still coming in”. Her speech was nonexistence and her motor skills incapacitated. “Without a doubt my kid was slow, special Ed slow. But did that mean she could not learn? No, it did not. It meant we were in for a battle, we will have to struggle”. Doubtless they struggle and that struggle began in pre-K.