One of the (formerly) attractive aspects of sending one’s children to a non-government school is that the school could experiment with new educational techniques, expose students to different subject matters, and put students in different classroom settings than the 90% of American children that are enrolled in Cookie Cutter Central School District Neil Armstrong School #1. But this is looking to be more like a myth than reality to me. Our school just sent us very slick packets describing how we are going to make sure our kids adhere exactly to these fantastic Common Core standards.
I’m in the mood for a long thesis on this. But if I wanted my kids to have the Common Core experience, I would have sent them to the local government school. And of course, to put icing on the cake they really felt it necessary to put that Keynes quote on the pamphlet? Really. Do they NOT see the irony? Putting everyone through a government/expert created school curriculum that everyone goes through is a bit of an old idea, no?
Barfaroni. Just putting a famous quote on a piece a paper from a famous person doesn’t sound like a scientific way to promote an authoritative stance. By the way, our 1st grader and our kindergartner have been asked by the school to sell magazines to help support their school. They asked me why they need to do this. I said it is because government schools are free, and the government forces many of us to pay taxes to send other children in the neighborhood to those schools – we need all the help we can get to keep your school from going away.
Did I mention that my local school district spends over double what our Catholic school spends to educate each student. And no, it’s not because Pittsford is swimming in special needs kids like some other districts around me. And we just learned that the city of Rochester school district is in the top 10 spending districts in the United States, spending $25,000 per pupil.