We are a family of 3 with a 9 year old girl. Although we have been living for 3 years in the US, English is not our mother tongue. We usually are big fans of the Junior Ranger Program and when we travel the US (very often), we never fail to attend this wonderful program. This is interesting and fun for both our daughter and us.
That's why we enrolled in the program in the grand Canyon. The explanation given by the Ranger was about how the Grand Canyon was born. Very comprehensive explanation but just a little bit too complicated for our daughter who was 8 at this time. Complicated because it is about geology, but also because it was (obviously) given in English.
The moment came when she had to answer the Ranger's question(s) to get her badge. She had completed all the booklet and I explained to her in our language what had been said by the Ranger but she was not able to answer the Ranger's question both because of language issue and shyness. The Ranger, a woman, got impatient and told her "when you are able to give me the answer, I'll give you the badge". My daughter was terribly disappointed and cried a lot. I couldn't believe it. This program is supposed to promote the Park and give the desire to kids to discover wonders of the US, this is not - as far as I know - school where you get bad grades when you didn't answer a question. Actually, even at school, teachers are more supportive of students.
I was about to write to the National Parks association to complain about this Ranger and get the badge my daughter deserved but I just dropped it. That's the first Ranger I met who was so unsensitive and inappropriate to kids and all the others I met were just amazing and kind and interesting, so I prefer to stay with them in mind rather than her...
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