Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Village People, Only Not Dressed So Wingnut Except Me

Let's say your local elementary school had scores like this -- even with the inclusion of all the district's fourth grade and fifth grade GATE kids:



And let's say you could get into a school that had scores like this:



And let's further say that the second school was closer to your house than the neighborhood school to which your kids were assigned.

Would you send your kids to the second school if you could?

Now, let's shift to middle schools. Let's say your middle school's scores looked like this:


And let's say you could take advantage of the completely and utterly f$#ked up No Child Left Behind act and get your kid transferred to a school 3.5 miles away (versus the local middle school 1.1 miles away), and the school had these scores:



And are you a racist, elitist pig if you do either?

Or do you get decide what's best for your child and I get to decide what's best for my child, and the whole village can just be God-damned?

9 comments:

Stefanie said...

We are all entitled to whatever the hell we want to better the lives of our children. Anyone who doesn't agree, need just move the hell on with their judgment.

Gina said...

Switch! Switch now and don't look back!

lildb said...

i really, really, really like you. this post hath clinched my intense like.

this is a toughie, this subject. i only have one 4 1/2 year old. i'm not even legal to drive on this matter. but i support the notion of really weighing it all, and doing a lot of deep-thot-style thinking about it.

(probably not while hammered.)

happygal said...

I looked at charts that looked very similar to those. And we made the decisions WE wanted to. You know what's right for you. Forget what everyone else things.

Tara R. said...

If you have the option, do what's best for your kids. Nothing elitist about that.

Dee Martin said...

the only problem there is that the charts don't always give a clear picture. Data can be manipulated depending on what populations are included. That said, I agree with your right to choose.

Janet said...

We surprisingly enough do get to choose, although if we choose a school farther away we don't get bus service.
However, since all our schools have fairly dismal schools we'd have to move to another state to get the best school for the Queen. She started kindergarten and was already on first grade level. She's now doing multiplication . . . We're in trouble.

And yeah, you should get to pick your school based on what's best for you and your kids and not have to worry about the political correctness of it.

Jomama said...

Do what's best for your child, and feel guilty about leaving the rest...is that the best choice?

I have really mixed feelings about this. The mother bear in me says protect and provide for your child and eat anyone that gets in the way.

On the other hand, what about those left behind, or who miss the cutoff? But does your leaving your child there help them anyway? It is the same as public vs. private school. If you have the money to buy your child a better education, are you harming the other kids by leaving (and taking your gov't headcount subsidy with you?)

In the end, you do what you have to do for your child (without directly harming someone else), and try to help the system/village see the problems so they can be addressed on a large scale. Good luck!

Patois said...

Oh, but you articulate all the feelings I have. Feelings which prevent me from falling asleep at night and feelings which rouse me from a deep slumber at 3 a.m. I did move the kids to the BEST school for elementary. I never thought twice about it. The scores were so markedly different. It really felt like I'd be doing such a disservice to my own children to pull a Jimmy/Rosslyn Carter (with Amy in public schools in D.C. for one year). For middle school, though? I've gone the nearest, all they way. And you know the IRONY of ironies?!! I am so aghast at the assholes that pull their kids from the middle school out of a misguided fear or ignorance or what-have-you. Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, meet pot.

And, this reply back to you, kind Jomama? It is the making of many a'blog post. Many a'blog post. In fact, I'm going to go copy and paste it into my comments!

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