YinzerMama wrote:melissakd wrote:
No, my dear, Stu and Gloria are telling you I'm not cool. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I could use it just now.
Well you've always been OK in my book for what that's worth.
Yay! I'm OK! Thanks!
About schools and school districts: My dad taught junior high school his whole career, so I do have thoughts about this even though I don't have kids. I might take a look at a given school. Have a heart-to-heart with the principal or a teacher there. What exactly is bad about it? Big-city school districts in particular can have problems funding even the necessities, denying kids the chance for music or art classes, etc., because the tax base has eroded. That would be a deal-breaker for me. But the single biggest factor is the parents. If a child's parents give a good gosh darn, that child does well. If the child lacks parental support, whether he/she is worrying about where the next meal is coming from, or he/she sees Mom consistently blame the teacher instead of the child for bad grades, that child does not do well. One school where my dad taught drew from an almost entirely impoverished area, and he said it wasn't fair to the kids with promise, who weren't deadbeats, because they were not exposed to kids from any other circumstances or with any other values. There was no one to model ambition or achievement or self-respect. (That school has since been closed as a neighborhood school pursuant to the No Child Left Behind act, and the students dispersed to other middle schools. It then reopened with a magnet-only Montessori program. I had my suspicions of NCLB but I consider that a success story.) Anyway that's my piece and now I've spoken it.