Join Date: Oct 2004
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Originally Posted by Altair
i find it hilarious when wealthy parents thing test scores separate the "good" schools from the "bad" schools. If a school has a high number of wealthy kids, and the tests are high-stakes, then the parents will get tutors for the kids to pass (or excell on) the test.
Originally Posted by lauren
So I also wonder if too much choice can lead to too much movement and potential elitism. In urban areas the school choices must be mind boggling if you do have some money to spend on it. I have a hard enough time in the grocery store trying to decide which brand of spaghetti sauce out of 20 to buy!!!
|I am bothered when the parents are the ones who seem to be reaching for the gold stars/great test scores for their children; and don't really seem to care if they're actually enjoying learning or learning things meaningful to them.|
|I find our neighborhood school to be very interesting and more along the lines of what I'd like my children to witness and experience. At our neighborhood school we have some very impoverished families. We also have some of the wealthiest families, including the mayor of the city and his grandchildren (from my ds, "Mom, why is B's grandpa always smiling at everybody?" "That's his job, son."), which makes for a great diversity. Our school is considered, "the poorest" school in our city (which is really a laugh, as housing prices are good to outrageous), and I see some very very hardworking teachers . Ultimately, I'm proud that my children attend this school, and even if we moved "up the hill" (I can't imagine that, I like the grittier downtown part of the city), I'd keep my kids where they are.|
|Now that I live in a rural area where there is really no valid thing called "choice", the problem is virtually nonexistent. People seem to put their energy into improving the local village school to make it the best they can be.|
Originally Posted by wildmonkeys
For instance, in AP English we read and were tested on a Stephen King book & my brother and I never once took math from a math teacher with a degree in teaching math....the guidance couselor actually tried to talk me into taking cooking instead of biology two because "let's face it, you'll use it more"
|However, because our test scores aren't "high" the parents who worry about test scores don't send their kids to our school which so far, seems to keep the elite crap very minimized.|