Look away now if you don't like shameless bragging, but I'm so damn proud of my kid that I just had to share.
Itai, my first-grader, had his (almost) end of the year parent-teacher conference last night (or more correctly "parent-teacher-student-littlesistertaggingalong conference). I love the way the students themselves are included in the conference here in Israel, so that the child knows exactly where they stand.
We walked in last night expecting a good report, but what we got just blew me away. The teacher started out by saying "I could have told you you didn't have to actually come in since there are no areas of concern, but I figured you'd enjoy hearing this."
She sat there and RAVED about Itai - academically, behaviorally, socially. What a wonderful kid he was, what a special kid, what an amazing kid, what a pleasure to have in her class. On and on... After she finished her own charter member of the Itai Fan Club bit she went on to read us the comments from all the various specialty teachers, which were equally wonderful. Not that as his mom I didn't already think he was all of those things, but what an incredible feeling to have the rest of the world agreeing as well. This really is an incredible kid, and I couldn't be prouder. He's meeting the world head-on and taking it by storm.
I had a lot of concerns about sending my child into the Israeli educational system, and I know that the system is still in many ways very flawed, but I have to say we have been happily surprised at every turn. Both of my kids are getting exactly what they need, and I am both grateful and very, VERY relieved. I don't know if it's our particular school system or if we've just gotten very lucky so far, but whatever it is I'll take it, and hope that it the system continues to surprise and impress me.
Itai and a friend working on a school project.