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Old 04-25-2006, 07:42 PM   #15
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Aaron,
I thought it was great they also have music, art, and all the other stuff they have taken away from the public school system.


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Old 04-25-2006, 09:29 PM   #16
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We just heard from a parent today they just pulled there 2 children out of the only private school here because they teach Latin to all the grades.
Studies are showing that in inner cities, students who are way below grade level are increasing their reading levels and achievement levels in other courses do to some schools now teaching Latin again. Some kids who enter 3 years behind, only take a year to catch up.

Yes the Roman Empire did fall, but don't knock what Latin can do for someone's ability to decode, analyze, and be a disciplined student.

As far as public education and test scores....it is a political issue, not a teaching issue. We public school teachers are ruled by test scores, but that is not by choice. We beg administrators to access the whole child, but they are receiving the whip from the higher ups. If you want public education to change, choose your legislators, school board members, Presidents wisely.

I think what Janet pointed out is right on. Be in your child's class as much as possible. Be their advocate. When you have the choice, make sure you get your child placed with teachers that fit their learning styles. And sometimes it is the teacher, not the public education system, that is bad for the student.

I'll step down off my soap box now.
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Old 04-25-2006, 09:39 PM   #17
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Hey kathleen - it's off topic - but congrats on number 500!
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Old 04-25-2006, 09:42 PM   #18
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After two long days of state testing....I'll take a little joy in 500 posts.
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Kathleen,
You are so right about the pressure on the schools about the state tests. I know we go every year to try and get our child placed with a teacher who will work with us and it has worked pretty good, but there are times when you just get tired of running back and forth to the school. The stress level amongst the teachers is sky high because of these tests and it put everybody on edge. I have one who almost topped the test last year, he missed two on the whole test and I want his education to continue to move forward, but we have to get teachers who will challenge him and it's so hard on them because they are trying to maintain a certain level for the whole school. My daughetr graduates next year and I'm just glad she made it, but I still have 8 more years to go with my son. Somehow we will make it though. Good luck to you with your teaching
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Old 04-27-2006, 06:06 PM   #20
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To all moms and dads.

We met with the private school today and it was just as expected we loved it of course you pay for that. My son will be going there in the fall, there will be 15 in his class he was the last one for the class. I think we will be able to get some assistance for the enrollment we have sent all the paperwork in and have our fingers crossed. It's almost like a burden has been lifted the Head master was sooooo nice and understanding as I explained my son to him. And things he told us sounded so reassuring that this is the right choice for us.
And yes for all you public school teachers and test scores I pray for you our school system's are all in the Government's hands and that is a shame, these are little people our future and they have no rights unless we as parents do something about it.
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:34 AM   #21
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Well God works in mysterious ways I found out yesterday we were approved for aid for the school in fact 50% of his tuition. So we will be able to breath a little easier and I can still be a stay at home mom. My son has 2 weeks left in public school and the are doing the MCT testing this week so much stress for the kids he has complained with the stomach ache the last 3 days. Folks thanks for all the advice I got a pm from one of the forum members and it was a Dad and let me tell you it was very up lifting I would have to vote him as the best Dad of the year.
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Old 08-14-2006, 04:17 PM   #22
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Had to update this one.

I bumped this one back up, Today first day at the private school and man was it great for me and my son. First of all not a lot of traffic at drop off this morning 7 min total from my house drop off and return home coffee never got cold (good for mama) No calls from the office (good for mama) pick up 2:30 5 min wait son comes out gets in the car all smiles (good for mama) How was your day son Mama it was great we did this, did this, and we did this, I'm just going to love it. Oh by the way can I join the chess club why sure son.
Mom we started learning Latin today to, and we ate our lunch outside under the trees. My son has not been so excited about school in 2 years and to hear him talk about it (goooood for mama)
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Thumbs up Great news!!

Becky,
So glad for the update!! Isn't it great that he is excited about school? Happy for you all!
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Veni Vini Vici! Congrats on the new school. Some kids just need that little extra something to make school a positive place, sounds like this school has it. I'm sure when it comes to his first Latin test he won't be as excited, but you never know....maybe he will become a budding classicist.

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On the average, private schools produce smarter kids than public schools.
On the other hand, a friend of mine uses an address of a friend so his kids can still go to their school of choice (I neither support nor oppose this tactic. Some feel that arbitrary regulations should be ignored )

Notwithstanding, I bet you can appeal this rule, some school districts will allow out of area kids if there is a good reason...
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Kudos to you, Mom!

Good for you!

I am glad you are pleased with your son's new school. But, no matter what ~ do not become complacent! There are good schools/ poor schools, good/poor teachers and everything in between. A large part of the difference is the parents, their attitude, and their realistic support for their child.

I spent 30 years as a public school teacher, our kids tried both public and private schooling. It was always a challenge. Our kids are both very bright and talented (naturally, as parents we all know that! ) but in the public sector that doesn't help when coupled with incredible creativity. If I had it to do all over again (our kids are grown and finished with college and are both professionals in different fields) I probably would opt for private school where I could have greater influence over what they were learning and how. The biggest difficulty I had with the public school system was that it seems to somehow destroy the confidence of many of the kids. They learn to hate school. I worked hard not to do that to any of my own students, but one never really knows what was accomplished in the long run!

The one thing in defense of public school and the hard times... it helps kids build character (as long as they have supportive parents) and helps them deal and learn about the hard knocks that life often brings. Fairness is a stupid myth that they teach somewhere.... life just isn't that way all the time! Our kids are both strong, independent people. We sometimes long for the dependent children we once had, but are proud they can stand on their own feet and be successful!

Raising a family is both the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done. It brings you the best life has to offer along with the worst at times.

No matter what the future brings, if your child knows you love them, will be there when they need help, and you can help teach them how to have strength in the face of adversity ~ they will make it just fine!

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